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Manistee and Northeastern Old Railroad Grade and Depot Tour

  • Benzie Area Historical Museum 6941 Traverse Avenue Benzonia, MI, 49616 United States (map)

This is a  return of our popular motor coach tours of local railroad history.  In the spring of 1887, the Buckley and Douglas Lumber Company of Manistee began building a railroad to transport logs from the forest to its sawmill in Manistee.  They named the railroad the Manistee and Northeastern.  Our tour route starts at the Museum, follows the M & NE railroad grade route to Benzonia, Honor, Lake Ann, Interlochen, Karlin,  Nessen City, Platte River Junction, Copemish,  Thompsonville, and  Kaleva. A highlight will be a tour of the historic Kaleva Depot Museum, which was rebuilt in 1908.   A commemorative book, the Museum tour and lunch are included. 

This tour is a collaboration  between the Benzie Area Historical Society and the Kaleva Historical Society. 

$75 before April 15, $80 at the door.  Reservations are required - to make reservations,  either contact the Museum at 231-882-5539 or use the Buy Now button below to buy tickets using a credit card or a PayPal account.  No paper tickets will be issued, the PayPal receipt is your ticket.  Please bring a copy of your receipt the day of the tour.