Saturday, June 19, 2:00 p.m.
Red Thompsonville Junction Caboose, Thompson Ave, Thompsonville, MI
More than 100 community members joined us as we hosted the dedication of the historical marker at Thompsonville’s Diamond Crossing on Saturday, June 19, 2:00 p.m. The celebration was followed by a “public visioning session for the future”, and residents and community members were encouraged to join the celebration and share their vision for this historic site.
The historical marker at the Diamond Crossing, Benzie County’s tenth, was officially dedicated by Tom Truscott, a Commissioner with the Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Office. This marker and historical recognition by the State of Michigan serves to underscore the significance of the crossing of the Pere Marquette and Ann Arbor railroads during the 19th Century.
The diamond-shaped crossing of steel rails and the subsequent rail traffic that it facilitated was instrumental in the growth and economic development of Thompsonville, Benzie County and indeed, in northern lower Michigan, in the late 19th and early 20th century. The crossing was situated approximately 124 feet south of Thompson Road.
Together with the Village of Thompsonville, Weldon and Colfax Townships, the Historical Society hosted this event to give the surrounding community an opportunity to celebrate the official recognition of this site’s historical impact and significance. The event was held at the Red Thompsonville Junction Caboose.
Remarks were made by Executive Director Barb Mort, Weldon Township Supervisor Ron Hitesman, Thompsonville Village President Eugene “Geno” Allen, and Diamond Crossing historian Chuck Kraus, a board member of the Benzie Area Historical Society. The official dedication was led by Commissioner Truscott.
Attendees were invited to participate in a variety of activities aimed at developing a physical concept plan for the property. Public input is being requested to see what the residents and community would like to see at this historic site.
The information will be gathered for a report and used to initiate concept plans. The concept plans will then be brought back to the public for review and refinement. The site design process is being led by the Thompsonville Junction Revitalization Committee in partnership with the consulting firm Beckett & Raeder, Inc.