Jackson, Michigan (Amtrak station)
The station building in 2010.
|Address||501 East Michigan Avenue
Jackson, MI, 49201
|Platforms||1 side platform, 1 island platform|
|Rebuilt||1872 & 1978|
|Passengers (2011)||32,106 13%|
Michigan Central Railroad Jackson Depot
|Location||Jackson, Michigan, USA|
|Architect||Henry A. Gardner|
|NRHP Reference #||02001504|
|Added to NRHP||2002|
Jackson is an Amtrak station in Jackson, Michigan, United States. It is served by the Wolverine. The station was rebuilt by the Michigan Central Railroad in 1872, as a replacement for an earlier station built in 1841, and was used as a Union Station, which also served the Jackson, Lansing and Saginaw Railroad, the Fort Wayne, Jackson and Saginaw Railroad, the Grand River Railway, and the Michigan Air Line Railroad.
In 1978, the station underwent a major restoration inspired by the nation's Bicentennial celebrations. Workers cleaned the brick exterior, reground the terazzo floors and refinished the elaborate wood trim and benches. Artist Leland Beamon created a mural showing the depot in 1904 alongside a modern Turboliner Amtrak train. The station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in the year 2002.
Also in 1978, a former disgruntled Amtrak employee named Rudy Bladel killed three former coworkers at the station. The murder trial lead to a U.S. Supreme Court case, Michigan v. Jackson, on the admissibility of confessions.
There are currently plans to repair and modernize the station, including possibly converting into a true intermodal facility on the model of the Kalamazoo Transportation Center. The Michigan Department of Transportation has made a $300,000 grant for roof and brick repairs; city officials estimate that a full renovation/expansion would cost $10-13 million.
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2011, State of Michigan" (PDF). Amtrak. December 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
- Stations: Jackson, Michigan (Michigan's Internet Railroad History Museum)
- Jackson (JXN) Great American Stations (Amtrak)
- "Celebrate Renovation of Jackson, Michigan, Station (Amtrak NEWS)". Amtrak History & Archives. November 1978. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
- Jackson County Listings at the National Register of Historic Places
- 475 U.S. 627
- Paul, Fredricka (December 26, 2007). "Depot remake picks up steam". Jackson Citizen-Patriot. p. A1.
Media related to Jackson, Michigan (Amtrak station) at Wikimedia Commons
- Amtrak – Stations – Jackson, MI
- Jackson Amtrak Station (USA Rail Guide -- Train Web)
- Union Station (Jackson, Michigan) (Michigan Internet Railroad History Museum)
- Jackson, MI (JXN) (Amtrak's Great American Stations)
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