New Buffalo: Historical SitesThe New Buffalo Railroad Museum was established in 1989 to illustrate the history of the greater New Buffalo area and in particular to highlight the role the railroad played in its development.
Housed in a newly built replica of the original Pere Marquette Railroad Depot, The New Buffalo Railroad Museum plays host to a number of artifacts and documents and has been lovingly laid out to reflect the way a train station might have looked in its heyday. Enjoy browsing through the many photographs, books and documents of New Buffalo's past. Visit the working miniature train display depicting the Pere Marquette Railroad Yards as they might have appeared in the 1920's!
The museum is located just one mile north off I-94's at Exit 1.
For museum hours of operation and schedule of events, visit the Museum Website @ New-Buffalo-Railroad-Museum.org
Historical Marker – New Buffalo Welcome Center
The nation's first Highway Travel Information center opened on May 4, 1935, on US-12 at New Buffalo. Other states followed Michigan's lead, and by 1985 there were 251 travel information centers across the nation. The New Buffalo center was built by the Michigan State Highway Department, now the Michigan Department of Transportation, to welcome motorists entering the state via US-12. It was relocated at this site with its more modern building, on April 6, 1972, after the I-94 Freeway was completed. Michigan's state-wide travel information program, which began in 1935, includes staffed welcome centers and interpretive, promotional and informational displays at rest areas and roadside parks across the state.
Additionally, a marker at the Michigan Welcome Center designates Iron Brigade Memorial Highway in honor of the storied Civil War unit.
Hesston Steam Museum
For a more hands on railroad experience, our area has another Museum, only minutes down the road in Hesston, Indiana (10 minute drive). Operated by the LaPorte County Historical Steam Society, the Hesston Steam Museum offers steam train rides, steam engine displays, antique tractors, and saw mill demonstrations.
New in 2010: The "Kiddieland Limited" train that formerly circled the Kiddieland Amusement Park in Melrose Park, IL, made its Hesston Steam Museum debut on Memorial Day weekend. Volunteers restored the locomotive that was built Wagner and Sons Miniature Train Co., Plainfield, IL, in 1950.
For more information, visit www.hesston.org
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