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Buick Gallery and Research Center
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Burton Historical Collection - Detroit Public Library
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Detroit Auto Scene
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Detroit Public Library National Automotive History Collection
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Kettering - Scharchburg Archives
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Michigan State University Labor Library
If you are looking for information on labor relations or labor history, the MSU Labor and Industrial Relations Library is one place to start...

The Henry Ford-Benson Ford Research Center
All things Ford reside in this state of the art research center as well as a vast collection of nationally important and seemingly unending amount of automobile related research materials...

University of Michigan- Bentley Historical Library
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Walter P. Reuther Library Archives
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Story of the Week:

Published: 12.16.2014
Remembering the Michigan Central Station
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection

The historical Michigan Central Station Terminal opened to the public on December 26, 1913 and for many years was the travel gateway to the city of Detroit and other popular cities. Hundreds upon thousands of travelers each day would pass through the ticket windows. They could listen to the sounds of departing trains or say “good bye” to loved ones as they left for the war. Some would travel on special occasions to Chicago to see family members. The Michigan Central Station is located at 2405 West Vernor near downtown Detroit.

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