Jackson station (Michigan)

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Michigan Central Railroad Jackson Depot.JPG
The station building in 2010.
Location 501 East Michigan Avenue
Jackson, MI, 49201
Owned by Amtrak
Line(s) Michigan Line
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Parking Yes; free
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code JXN
Opened 1841
Rebuilt 1872 & 1978
Passengers (2015) 26,674[1]Decrease 1.6%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Chicago
toward Pontiac, MI
  Former services  
New York Central Railroad
toward Chicago
Michigan Central Railroad
Main Line
toward Detroit
toward Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne Branch Terminus
toward Niles
Michigan Air Line Railroad
Terminus Jackson Branch
toward Toledo
Cincinnati Northern Railroad
toward Franklin
Bay City Branch
toward Bay City
Michigan Central Railroad Jackson Depot
Jackson station (Michigan) is located in Michigan
Jackson station (Michigan)
Jackson station (Michigan) is located in the US
Jackson station (Michigan)
Location Jackson, Michigan, USA
Coordinates 42°14′53″N 84°24′01″W / 42.24806°N 84.40028°W / 42.24806; -84.40028Coordinates: 42°14′53″N 84°24′01″W / 42.24806°N 84.40028°W / 42.24806; -84.40028
Architect Henry A. Gardner
Architectural style Italianate
NRHP Reference # 02001504[2]
Added to NRHP 2002

Jackson is an historic 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,[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] The station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.[2]

Also in 1978, a former disgruntled Amtrak employee named Rudy Bladel killed three former coworkers at the station.[6] 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.[7]


  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2015, State of Michigan" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ Stations: Jackson, Michigan (Michigan's Internet Railroad History Museum)
  4. ^ Jackson (JXN) Great American Stations (Amtrak)
  5. ^ "Celebrate Renovation of Jackson, Michigan, Station (Amtrak NEWS)". Amtrak History & Archives. November 1978. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  6. ^ 475 U.S. 627
  7. ^ Paul, Fredricka (December 26, 2007). "Depot remake picks up steam". Jackson Citizen-Patriot. p. A1. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Jackson, Michigan (Amtrak station) at Wikimedia Commons