Penn Central Railway Station
Now home to a restaurant called Clara's on the River, the former Penn Central Railway Station was built in 1888. It was constructed by the Michigan Central Railroad Company and designed by architecture firm Rogers and MacFarlane in the Romanesque style. The station, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built to support the growing town as well as Fort Custer. Its usage increased significantly during World War I, as large numbers of soldiers departed from the station for Europe. The most prominent feature of the building is the clock tower. Generally speaking, the station has been largely unaltered and appears much as it once did. Inside, visitors will get to see a number of antiques and period items including railroad memorabilia, a restored ticket counter, and a carousel horse from the Upper Peninsula.
Backstory and Context
"History: Clara's on the River." Clara's on the River. Accessed December 11, 2018. http://claras.com/BChistory.shtml.
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