Michigan Central Station Timeline
1912 – Construction begins on Michigan Central Station, designed by Warren & Wetmore, architects of NYC’s Grand Central Terminal
1913 – MCS opens in December, a year early, due to a fire at Michigan Central’s old depot
1920s – Henry Ford begins buying land around the station, but Great Depression squelches plans
1940s – At its peak, MCS serves more than 4,000 travelers a day and houses 3,000 office workers
1956 – Passenger traffic begins its steady decline, leading to service cuts; a $5-million sale of station falls through
1975 - MCS added to National Register of Historic Places; waiting room is formally reopened
1988 - Jan 5th at 11:30 AM, 74 years after the first train steamed in, Train No. 353 to Chicago becomes last train out of MCS
1995 – Matty Moroun-owned Controlled Terminals Inc. acquires MCS, unveiling restoration plan which never happens
2009 - City Council votes to demolish MCS, but an election, budget constraints, and a lawsuit arguing for its historic merit, prevail
2015 - In a compromise with the city of Detroit, the Moroun family commits to replacing windows at MCS
2018 – Ford announces plans for reconstruction of the MCS as new hub for mobility capital of the world.
2022 – Ford plans to open doors to the newly renovated MCS
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