The Lost Railway Museum
Imagine the time before paved streets, cars and buses. Village streets bustling with activity and people in the early 1900’s of Grass Lake. The electric Inter-Urban railway system is the primary mode of public transportation. More than six railways intersected Jackson County and delivered visitors to and from Ann Arbor, Jackson, Battle Creek and Lansing. Now, get ready to see what that time was like at the Lost Railway Museum.
Construction begins fall of 2016. Opening summer of 2017.
A place for history
The building located at 142 W. Michigan Avenue in Grass Lake has been acquired by the Lost Railway Museum organization. Jackson architect Bob Cole of Architronics, who has extensive experience designing museum spaces, is designing a renovation plan that will turn an abandoned old building into the showpiece of downtown. Mike McKay at MR Builders is currently developing the construction plan for the site.
A team of leaders who want to improve the community
The Lost Railway Museum board of directors and committee possess the skills and experience in entrepreneurship, business development, finance and law that are necessary to successfully manage this venture. The committee includes Phil Willis, Jay Drouillard, Rich Willis, Jim Stormont, Scott Willis, Jon Flannery, Ken Soderbeck, Don Dakin, Tom Grace, Bob Brownsey, Bob Cole, Mike Femsler and Tom Nolte. As the project moves forward, it is attracting the interest of many strong supporters from the greater Jackson community who can contribute to its success.
The wheels are turning and it’s time to get on board!
As the project moves forward, it is attracting the interest of many strong supporters from the greater Jackson community who can contribute to its success. In addition to the board, restoration committee and facilities team, Ella Sharp Museum has offered help with developing exhibits and building a strong museum management structure. Scott Schmidt is assisting with grant writing activity. Bob Michaels with RjM is assisting with marketing and communications plans. Lynne Loftis, retired executive director of the Ella Sharp Museum, is assisting with research and content development. And, the project fits clearly within the promotional objectives of Experience Jackson, Jackson County’s visitor bureau.
How you can get on board - Donate
From the beginning, the project’s leadership has communicated regularly with numerous community organizations that share the vision and would benefit from the project’s success. The Village of Grass Lake, Grass Lake Charter Township, Grass Lake Chamber of Commerce, Grass lake School District, Grass Lake Lions Club and many local business owners have been involved in early planning discussions. The goal is to create community-wide support for the project in a way that everyone benefits from the success of opening this new museum.
The Lost Railway Museum needs your help. By making a donation, together we can grow tourism for all of Jackson County by telling the story of the Lost Railway Museum
SEND YOUR DONATIONS TO:Lost Railway Museum
P.O. BOX 574,
Grass Lake, MI 49240