Durand Union Station

My post today is inspired by Monica over at Monica’s Tangled Web, she writes beautifully with wit, humor and sincerity. She has a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel “Henry” so if you haven’t given her a look hop over and dive in. A few weeks ago she started doing some posts of the sites around where she lives so it got me to thinking what a great idea, it gives the readers a little glimpse inside your world, so here is a small glimpse into my cute little town called Durand.

I have lived here a little over eight years, the thing that drew me here is it’s small town atmosphere. One of those places where almost everyone knows everyone else and quite a lot of people I know have lived here for many many years.

Durand is a railroad community and still has a functioning station, Durand Union Station, you can catch the Amtrak here. DSCN1730

The station is filled with history and as a matter of fact it is considered a Michigan Historical site.

Durand Union Station

photo from http://www.durandstation.org/index1.html

On August 7, 1903 there was a train wreck involving the Wallace Circus, more than twenty people were killed as well as some of the circus animals.

photo from http://www.shiawasseehistory.com/circus.html

photo from http://www.shiawasseehistory.com/circus.html

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It is said the wreck was caused due to faulty air breaks, you can read more about the story here

 

There was also another train wreck on June 5, 1923 near Durand,

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you can read more here

Although there have been some tragedies over the years the station stands strong and is quite beautiful!

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I live in town just a couple of blocks from the station so when all is very quiet and still I can here the trains rumble down the tracks with their rhythmic sound of steel on steel, I find it to be a very comforting sound and it brings back many childhood memories.

You can read a brief history about the station here

Inside the station is a wonderful museum with tons of artifacts. I hope you enjoy the slideshow!

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