Shorpy Saturday – Infrastructure: 1910

By Jeffrey Buck

Only fitting to give you a glimpse of the work that went into building the grand Michigan Central Station. I can’t imagine the long hours that were put in to build such an incredible building. If only these workers knew what their masterpiece would become. We can only hope that one day it is restored to its former glory serving the citizens in this area in a way that everyone can enjoy it.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Infrastructure: 1910“:

Detroit circa 1910. “Excavating for the new Union Station.” A century later, the mammoth Michigan Central Station that eventually rose here still stands, if just barely. Note the two “moonlight tower” carbon arc lamp standards in the distance. 8×10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.


Below is a shot of the station today:

About Jeffrey S. Buck

I'm currently a Project Manager at Cypress Partners, LLC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. I graduated from Wayne State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism. Looking to broaden my view of the world, I spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Salford, a Greater Manchester University in England. I enjoy doing an array of activities, including following Detroit sports teams, SCUBA diving, traveling, reading, playing tennis, hand-written letters and going to the movies. I am the co-founder of the Woodward Spine, a blog about Detroit and its surrounding communities. The Woodward Spine aims to inform its readers about relevant news and events through creative and informative posts in these core areas: news, opinion, entertainment, history, sports and development. The Woodward Spine serves the tri-county metro Detroit area, concentrating mainly on the communities that lie along the Woodward corridor.
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