Leelanau Transit Company Suttons Bay Depot

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Leelanau Transit Company Suttons Bay Depot
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Leelanau Transit Company Suttons Bay Depot is located in Michigan
Leelanau Transit Company Suttons Bay Depot
Leelanau Transit Company Suttons Bay Depot is located in the US
Leelanau Transit Company Suttons Bay Depot
Location 101 S. Cedar St., Suttons Bay, Michigan
Coordinates 44°58′26″N 85°39′3″W / 44.97389°N 85.65083°W / 44.97389; -85.65083Coordinates: 44°58′26″N 85°39′3″W / 44.97389°N 85.65083°W / 44.97389; -85.65083
Area 0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
Architectural style Bungalow/craftsman
NRHP reference # 97000929[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 21, 1997
Designated MSHS September 4, 1997[2]

The Leelanau Transit Company Suttons Bay Depot, also known as the Suttons Bay Railroad Depot, is a railroad station located at 101 South Cedar Street in Suttons Bay, Michigan. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.[1]

History[edit]

The main track through Suttons Bay was laid down in 1903 by the Traverse City, Leelanau, and Manistique Railroad, to access a Northport-Manistique car ferry.[3] A siding was built a few years later;[2] however, the railway was immediately unsuccessful and the ferry was discontinued by 1908. In 1919, a successor company, the Leelanau Transit Company was organized to take over ownership of the tracks. They leased the line to the Manistee and North-Eastern Railroad and built this depot between the main line and siding in Suttons Bay as a passenger and freight station.[2]

In the 1960s, the tracks north of Suttons Bay were abandoned.[3] The track section between Suttons Bay and Traverse City were used by the Leelanau Scenic Railroad between 1989 and 1995. In 1996, the track were torn up and a rail trail put in its place. The depot is used as a law office.

Description[edit]

The Suttons Bay Railroad Depot is a single-story Arts-and-Crafts-inspired structure with a hip roof, built of rounded cobblestones.[2] The roof overhangs widely on all sides of the building, sheltering the walls and the trackside platform.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (July 9, 2010). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Leelanau Transit Company Suttons Bay Depot". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Retrieved January 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Depot History". Suttons Bay Law. Retrieved February 1, 2014.