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Kalamazoo & White Pigeon Railroad Co. Papers

Identifier: RH-A-4345

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of one unmarked stock certificate from the Kalamazoo & White Pigeon Railroad Co. dating to the nineteenth century.


  • Creation: nineteenth century


Biographical / Historical

In 1846, the Michigan-Central railroad reached Kalamazoo from Detroit. By 1850 this railroad extended to Chicago. Kalamazoo was thereafter a hub for travelers from neighboring rural areas seeking to travel to the two larger cities, as Kalamazoo is the halfway point between Chicago and Detroit.

The Kalamazoo and White Pigeon Railroad was active throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The railroad extended from Kalamazoo into Constantine along modern-day US-131. Between 1852 and 1867, multiple companies laid tracks throughout White Pigeon, Constantine, Three Rivers, and Schoolcraft, and in 1867 the Kalamazoo and Schoolcraft Company connected this railroad to Kalamazoo. In 1869, two separate companies connected the Kalamazoo-White Pigeon railroad to Grand Rapids. The Kalamazoo and White Pigeon Railroad was significant following the Civil War as the railroad companies Michigan Central, Lake Shore, and Michigan Southern competed to connect feeder lines to their railroads. The Kalamazoo-White Pigeon Railroad was connected to the Lake Shore Railroad as a feeder line to Grand Rapids in late 1869.

In 1915, the Kalamazoo and White Pigeon Railroad merged into the New York Central Railroad.


.05 Cubic Feet

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This item was purchased with the Starring Endowment.

Physical Description

The collection amounts to .05 cubic feet and is composed of one stock certificate from the Kalamazoo & White Pigeon Railroad Company. The document measures 10 3/8” x 6 3/4”. The stock is blank/unused. The document is printed on thin, translucent, cream-colored paper that contains green text on the front and red text on the back. Drawings depicting a train and a person are presented on the face of the document.

The document indicates shares were worth $100 each. There are spots on both sides of the document indicating the number of shares, name of the stockholder, and the date on which the stock was bought, which have all been left blank.

The certificate is in good condition. There are brown stains on the bottom right and upper left corners of the document. The bottom right corner is slightly creased. There are 5 holes punched along the bottom of the document. Light signs of discoloration/aging are present.

Kalamazoo & White Pigeon Railroad Co. Papers finding aid
Bailey Miller, Stephanie Chapman
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490