Grand Haven looks to increase use of historic depot

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — The city of Grand Haven is looking to renovate the former Grand Trunk Depot.

Established in 1870, it was a major transportation hub.

“It was a nexus between the water transportation and the rail transportation and passengers would get off and be transferred through this building,” city manager Patrick McGinnis explained to News 8 Wednesday.

“It was really was a bustling depot throughout its usage,” Tri-Cities Historical Museum executive director Julie Bunke said. “We’ve got some remarkable images of the usage that building has seen over the years.”

In more recent years, the building served as the home of the museum, which footed the bill for a $125,000 renovation to the interior.

In 2004, the museum bought a new spaced downtown. It continued using the depot to display artifacts specific to the building and transportation while moving most of its exhibits to 200 Washington St. near 2nd Street.

In 2017, the city decided to renovate the Waterfront Stadium directly behind the depot. That renovation, coupled with the cost to maintain the original building, prompted the museum to completely move out of the depot. The city bought the depot, built an addition containing bathrooms and finished renovating the stadium in 2018.

Read more at 24 hour news 8.

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