Oak Park is part of the historical Royal Oak township which had rail. If you use current community boundaries, there are more that never had rail service within their boundaries. That's why I specified historical townships.
Southfield Township never had rail service.
As the southwest corner of 8 Mile and Inkster, it was about 600 feet to the interurban line along Grand River.
At the west boundary along Inkster, it was 2 miles to the interurban line along Orchard Lake.
At the northeast corner of 14 Mile and Greenfield, it was about 1200 feet to the interurban line and railroad lines along Woodward. Remember the current Holly sub between Royal Oak and Bloomfield Hills ran along Woodward originally.
All of the other historical townships within that 12 miles had some kind of rail service within their boundaries at some point in time.
I did some more map checking. If you widen the margin out to 18 miles, you can add White Lake Township to never having had rail service. So only 2 townships within 18 miles of the current Detroit city limits never had any kind of rail service.
I think that is kind of remarkable that almost all had some kind of rail service at one time or another.
Also totally useless. Hmmm, I resemble that remark
« Back to index