Very Victorian Summertime Travel Ad

1880s Michigan ad

This 1882 ad made me smile. It’s so Victorian.

During this time, Northern Michigan was mostly wilderness, and The General Passenger Department of the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad first transported lumber and then tourists as the area became a fishing destination. They dubbed themselves “The Fishing Line,” as you can see in the ad.

The railway changed names and hands a few times and eventually became a part of the Michigan Department of Transportation. A part of it is still operated by Great Lakes Central Railroad. @MDOT_Rail

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