Elkins to talk trains with MAHS

By Julie Traynor
Correspondent

 
Roger Elkins, one of Osceola County’s foremost historians and a historical re-enactor, will talk trains with the Marion Area Historical Society at their last meeting of the year, 1pm, Thursday, December 7, 2017.

Marion’s Ann Arbor Railroad depot was a busy place in the railroading heydays of the 1920’s.

Marion’s Ann Arbor Railroad depot was a busy place in the railroading heydays of the 1920’s.

In his easy and well-informed style Elkins, who resides in Evart, will relate what the coming of the railroads meant to towns like ours and others in Osceola County. His extensive photo collection provides a glimpse into the heydays of the railroad when many things in the county and its cities and villages depended upon the arrival of the daily trains. The train not only transported people, it carried the mail and goods to points all across northern Michigan. The coming of the railroad played an integral role in the settling further settling and opening of the north.

The Marion Area Historical Museum welcomes all who are interested in local history and especially trains, to join them in welcoming Roger Elkins. The group will meet at 1pm, at the Museum located at the village limits on Mill Street (M-66) south of Marion. Festive refreshments and Christmas memories will be shared.  



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