Horse and wagon

 Drivers Seat View Horse drawn car

Steam powered train  Warren Station

trolly Center Line Trolly

At this time a man would come out pump your gas, check your oil, put in oil all for 14 cents per gallon.

hauling ass

Transportation in our area for most of its history was by foot and canoe.  There were no cars, or vehicles.  There were no roads at all.  There were foot trails thru the woods.  

Horses and other livestock were introduced in our area after 1818.  Horses were utilized until the late 1930s.
Steam power was used mostly for tractors by local farmers.

Ride the Stage

By 1830 there was a stage line running from Detroit to Romeo and another to Ft. Gratiot.  The stage line followed the State Road which followed Sherwood.  Kunrod’s Corners at ten mile road was a stop on this route. Beebe’s corners was next.

First railroad Line in the West

In 1836 the Erie and Kalamazoo railroad line reached Adrian Michigan and had stage connections to other areas.  Several stage lines began around this time.

Sherwood Road was planked in 1856.  This also became known as the State Road sometimes called the Center Line road which ran from Detroit North from Connor Creek past Harper and north along what is now called Sherwood to the Village of Warren.  A settlement of Hickory Corners once exited at Connor Road, which followed Connor Creek to Jefferson.

A rail road was built along the State Road running from Detroit to Shelby and later to Utica.  At first it had wooden rails, poles strapped to logs then later iron rails.  The railroad car was pulled by horses.

Later steam engines were used.  The huge engines were a wonder to behold and their whistles could be heard for miles. 

As soon as the farmers raised enough to feed their families they found a ready market in Detroit for their excess crops and meat.  They had horse drawn wagons and drove to Detroit using either the State Road or if the roads were dry they would follow the best trail over to Gratiot.  There were several farmers markets in Detroit.  Eastern market was founded in 1841.
On Foot, Canoe, Animals, Stages, Railroads, Trolleys, Steam, Cars, Aircraft, Spacecraft

That is the progression of transportation.

A stage ran from Detroit to Utica in the early 1800s.  Beebe’s was about half way. 

The State Road was located on present day Sherwood road.  The little settlement located near what is now Ten mile road and Sherwood was called Kunrod’s corners.  The corners became a stage stop between Detroit and Utica.  The horse drawn stage fare was about 75 cents to Detroit or Utica and double that to Romeo.

1880-1914 Steam tractors had wide use.  Herman Weir had several in use on his farm.  One ran a saw mill.  It was fascinating to watch these big engines run. 

Soon railroads were built.  The Grand Trunk on the east from Detroit to Port Huron  went thru Warren in 1859.   The Detroit Shelby line the little railroad that ran next to the state road Sherwood that had wooden rails consisting of poles strapped to logs and a car pulled by horses.  This was improved and began to run to Bay City about 1860.  It is said that it took ten years to build it. ( I have not had time to verify that.) The Warren stop was called Spinnings Junction and it was just south of 14 Mile Road.  The train would stop if signaled becaue it was a business and derived income from carrying passengers and itens.    After the New Your Central took over they placed a station at Chicago Road.

The center of Warren Township was at eleven Mile Road and Van Dyke ) the Center Line Road.  On the South East Corner there was built the Old Township hall.  Many of us old-timers remember going there for meetings and events.

Inter-urbans were planned but the only one that got into Warren was one that ran from Detroit to just north of Ten Mile road on Van Dyke.  A lot of growth in southern Warren was due to the great service these inter-urbans provided.   They ran from 1901-1930.  More would have been built but farmers did not want their lovestock disturbed.