Smiths Creek Depot
Smiths Creek Depot was built on the Grand Trunk Railway in 1858 in Smiths Creek, Michigan nine miles southwest of Port Huron, and served both as a train stop and home to the stationmaster and his family. Like many small-town stations of its day, the railroad depot was a bustling center of travel, commerce, and communication. Smiths Creek Depot was more than a place to catch a train. The stationmaster, sold tickets and worked the telegraph machine. People could also mail packages and send telegrams.
As a boy during the Civil War, Thomas Edison worked as a trainboy out of this depot, selling newspapers and candy aboard trains to passengers traveling between Detroit and Port Huron, Michigan. Thomas Edison sent along news-breaking information about the Civil War by telegraph. That way, he could be guaranteed newspaper sales when he arrived at each depot. People relied on the stations telegraph for the latest news about local men fighting on our nations battlefields. Thomas Edison also had a laboratory set up in the depot where he spent many hours performed his experiments.
Today, the depot is again active. Amtrak has developed a special schedule allowing train travelers
to disembark directly into Greenfield Village. Visitors can also board one of Greenfield Villages
trains and take a ride on the Greenfield Village railroad.
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