The Detroit railroad route known as the Dequindre Line started operations from the Detroit Riverfront in the mid-19th Century. In the 1920's the first mile of this line was lowered below grade as part of a major urban construction project in Detroit to separate the railroad tracks from the many roads crossing it in the quickly growing city. Over 700 photographs were taken before, during and after this construction project, showing not only the work being done but also a slice of Detroit as it existed alongside the railroad tracks on this route. This book is one of three volumes displaying most of these saved photographs that tell not only the story of a major construction project but also the story of a railroad line and of a part of a major industrial city in the early part of the 20th Century.
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About the Author
Byron Babbish was born in Detroit in 1953 at what was then called Women's Hospital (now Hutzel Hospital), located about a mile from the Dequindre Line. He has spent his entire life in the Detroit area. His interest in Detroit's history grew from his interest in Detroit's railroads. A retired Chrysler attorney, this is the 44th book he has written or edited, most of which are on railroads. His tens of thousands of railroad photographs taken in Detroit and Michigan from 1975 to present form the basis for the creation of The Great Lakes Railway Historical Collection. Photographs from other photographers, maps, books and model railroad equipment comprise the rest of the contents of the Collection, of which the author is the curator.