Dowagiac station

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Dowagiac Depot.jpg
Trackside view of Dowagiac's historic former Michigan Central Railroad Depot
Location 200 Depot Drive
Dowagiac, MI 49047
Line(s) Michigan Line
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Parking Yes; Free
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code DOA
Opened 1903
Rebuilt 1995
Passengers (2015) 4,108[1]Increase 1.6%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Chicago
Blue Water
toward Port Huron
toward Pontiac, MI
  Former services  
toward Chicago
International Limited
toward Toronto
New York Central Railroad
toward Chicago
Michigan Central Railroad
Main Line
toward Detroit
Michigan Central Railroad Dowagiac Depot
Dowagiac station is located in Michigan
Dowagiac station
Dowagiac station is located in the US
Dowagiac station
Location within the state of Michigan
Location Dowagiac, Michigan, USA
Coordinates 41°58′51″N 86°6′32″W / 41.98083°N 86.10889°W / 41.98083; -86.10889Coordinates: 41°58′51″N 86°6′32″W / 41.98083°N 86.10889°W / 41.98083; -86.10889
Built 1903
Built by M. J. Rogers
Architect likely Spier and Rohns[3]
Architectural style Tudor Revival
NRHP Reference # 93001349[2]
Added to NRHP 1993

Dowagiac is a train station in Dowagiac, Michigan, served by Amtrak, the United States' railroad passenger system. The station was built by the Michigan Central Railroad in 1902, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.

It is served by Amtrak's Blue Water and Wolverine trains and was formerly a stop for the International Limited, which had started in 1982 as joint operation by Via Rail and Amtrak between Chicago and Toronto, and was discontinued in 2004.[4]


The Michigan Central Railroad built a set of tracks providing passenger service through Dowagiac in 1848.[5] A new depot was constructed in the 1870s.[6] The current station, replacing the 1870s station, is the third constructed by the Michigan Railroad in Dowagiac.[3] The architect for the station is not documented, but is almost certainly the firm of Spier and Rohns. The railway hired contractor M. J. Rogers of Detroit to supervise construction. The building was completed in 1903, and has remained in use as a passenger station since that time. A restoration project took place in 1995.[5]


The depot is a single-story brick Tudor Revival structure trimmed with limestone.[3] The depot consists of two hip roof buildings, one for passengers and one for baggage, connected with a gable roof canopy supported by metal columns. The passenger station has a square two-story tower projecting from the street side and a projecting octagonal ticket office on the track side. The station is accessed through a port cochere and glassed-in entry porch. Hip roof dormers are placed on the roof, and rows of square head windows line the sides of both the passenger station and baggage depot.


  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2015, State of Michigan" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ a b c "Michigan Central Railroad Dowagiac Depot". Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ Matt Melzer (23 April 2004). From 1982, Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada had jointly operated the International train between Chicago and Toronto  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ a b Louis Van Winkle (December 2003). "Dowagiac". Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ Steven Arseneau; Ann Thompson (2005), Dowagiac, Arcadia Publishing, p. 11, ISBN 9780738534220 

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