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Bygones of Monroe:

Detroit Urban Railway

Early light rail transportation in Monroe was provided by the Detroit Urban Railway. It ran from Detroit to Monroe and on to Toledo. Parts of it still exist today. Concrete bridge abutments still exist at creek and river crossings: to the North at the Huron River to the West of I 75 bridge; Stony Creek a hundred feet North of Nadeau Road alongside the Southbound rail tracks; over Sandy Creek between Hurd Rd. and Sandy Creek Rd.; Otter Creek in LaSalle; and North Muddy Creek in LaSalle. The car barns building is standing today. Inside on the floor are the rails that the cars entered the building on to be serviced. One area appears to have been a pit for undercarriage work. This building is located on N. Monroe St. (then called Anderson). It is directly behind the now Tiffany's Pizza. During the 1940s and1950s it was used for a beer distributorship. During this period the front of the building was removed and placed further back with overhead doors added. Pictures of this can be found in historic Monroe postcards. Right next to the car barns to the south was the power generating station. It was highly visible because of its high smoke stack. As well as running Detroit - Monroe - Toledo, there was a spur running down East Elm Ave. to what was known as the Piers. This was a very popular summer attraction.

Anonymous patron recollections

11-20-04


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