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Railroad Intersection

Milwaukee Junction grew at the intersection of two railroad lines, the north-south line of the Detroit, Grand Haven and Milwaukee Railroad and the east-west line of the Grand Trunk Western Railroad. In fact, Milwaukee Junction was first known as a center for manufacture of train cars. The neighborhood became “the cradle of the auto industry in Detroit” because early automobile companies built factories here along these railways for shipment of materials, parts and finished automobiles.


1879 Trombly St
Detroit, MI