Reflections of Michigan’s Train Depots

Travel through Time in America’s Train Depots at the Rochester Hills Public Library

The Rochester Hills Public Library presents “Lighthouses along Rivers of Steel: Reflections of Michigan’s Train Depots,” presented by Preservation Architects Ron Campbell and Jackie Hoist, May 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Photo the abandoned Detroit train station

Lighthouses along Rivers of Steel: Reflections of Michigan’s Train Depots

Campbell and Hoist will explore the entire history of America’s industrialization through one of the most recognizable and romantic buildings, the train depot. These buildings were some of the most important parts of infrastructure during the industrial revolution, and this lecture will take you through the earliest utilitarian depots to our modern grand terminals.

“During the industrial revolution train depots changed how the US was formed,” says Campbell. “For the first time, towns could spring up anywhere there was a major depot instead of being dependent on rivers and other bodies of water.”

Rochester’s own connection to train depots runs deep. The old Rochester Train Depot remains as a historical landmark, and because of its construction the town was allowed to flourish and grow into the community it is today.

“We’re proud to offer a program that shares deep roots with the Rochester community. The library takes great pride in the history of Rochester Hills and we’re excited to share that history with our patrons,” says Rochester Hills Public Library Community Relations Specialists Amanda Harrison Keighley.

The program is May 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room and is open to everyone with an RHPL library card. Please register in advance at

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