Today in Michigan History

February 3, 1838

The Michigan Central Railroad began service.

Railroad cars drawn by a locomotive named Governor Mason, reached Ypsilanti from Detroit on the first run of the Michigan Central. The train, whose passengers included the governor, was met by an enthusiastic crowd. Dinner was served and toasts were drunk. On the return trip the engine broke down and horses dragged the cars back to Detroit.

Thank you Michigan Start Pages for this glimpse into our past.  See more here.