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Thelma Joyce Osteen Comfort Station
Posted by Ren Farley
on 8/7/2015, 4:34 pm
A recently renovated building on Grand River in North Lansing has been renamed the Osteen Comfort Station to honor one of the major promoters of the renovation of this neighbhorhood. Apparently, this was built by Michigan United Railroads to serve as a Lansing depot for their line that went north to St. Johns. However, there is also a dedicated milepost indication this was the northernmost point served by the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern. Did the LS&MS run their daily trains to and from Hillsdale into this building that is now called a comfort station? I have a 1910 Official Guide that shows the Michigan Central and the LS&MS using different depots in Lansing separated by one-half a mile. I do not see room for one track for the interurban and another for the LS&MS at this comfort station. I have another Official Guide for the early 1920s and it shows both the Michigan Central and the LS&MS using the same depot in Lansing. Thanks.