Historical Albion Michigan
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Morning Star, May 4, 2014, pg. 9

If your Albion High School class is having a reunion this summer, how about having copies of my three latest Albion history book titles at your event? They are full of memorable photographs and the books would make great door prizes. Contact me at Albionfp@hotmail.com, or call at (517) 629-5402 for details.

The railroad has always been a part of Albion since the 1840s. Albion was once a stopping point for trains needing to refuel. Steam locomotives needed water, and a water tower was placed here in Albion for "fill ups." The tower was located on the west side of N. Eaton St. just south of the spur track that ran across the street south of the depot. It can be seen in the background on some of the historical postcard photographs of our railroad depot. For example, look at the top photo on page 78 of my latest book, "Albion (Postcards)," and you’ll see the water tower on your left.

In 1954, the last steam locomotive passed through town, and the railroad switched over to diesel engines on trains running through Albion. Use of the water tower was thereby discontinued. It was demolished two years later on August 29, 1956.

From our Historical Notebook this week we present an August, 1956 photograph of this tower shortly before it was demolished. In the foreground is the spur track that once ran across N. Eaton St. south of the depot. How many of our readers remember steam locomotives and this water tank?

August, 1956 photograph of the railroad water tank


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