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Michigan Central Station, Detroit

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Landmark Tourist Spot
Michigan Central Station was the main intercity passenger rail depot for Detroit, Michigan. Built for the Michigan Central Railroad, it replaced the original depot in downtown Detroit, which was shuttered after a major fire on December 26, 1913, forcing the still unfinished station into early service. Formally dedicated on January 4, 1914, the station remained open for business until the cessation of Amtrak service on January 6, 1988. At the time of its construction, it was the tallest rail station in the world.The building is located in the Corktown district of Detroit near the Ambassador Bridge, approximately ¾-mile southwest of downtown Detroit. It is located behind Roosevelt Park, and the Roosevelt Warehouse is adjacent to the east. The city's Roosevelt Park serves as a grand entryway to the station. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Restoration projects and plans have gone as far as the negotiation process, but none has come to fruition. Since 2011, demolition works, minor structural repairs, repairs of the roof structure, and covering the glass roof openings in the concourse have been performed. The basement, which was once full of water, has been fully drained, and a barbed wire fence has been installed in an attempt to keep out vandals.Images of the building remain a premier example of ruins photography.
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  • the huge former train station is a site to see in its derelict state to get a good idea of what Detroit once was. can drive around it but no access  more »
  • This is History here I'm happy they keep this safe here in Detroit . It good place take pictures at .  more »
  • At one time many years ago this was a true gen in every way possible. but years of neglect by the owners, vandalism and time has made this just a wreck. If you can trespass far enough to see areas of ...  more »
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  • Amazing building though it is sad to know it was a huge and bustling train station and now the trains are gone.
  • I dare you to find a more epic building with as much history as this sucker.
  • Super cool spot to go and visit in Detroit. Unfortunately it is closed and is only popular because of it's distraught look. Hoping someone cleans it up and we can make something of it!
  • Great Building just hope they do something great with it again in the future would love to get some 360 pictures from inside.
  • A photogenic and magnificent structure which is so dilapidated, it is more of a reminder of what it used to be. Its beauty is best appreciated from afar since it is closed to the public. As you walk around Corktown and look up to notice nothing but a single structure so old and isolated, it can only be described as majestically haunting. Stop from what you are doing and take in the view. Give it whatever meaning you want, but maybe this is more than a reminder of a past.

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