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Item Name



Building the Michigan Central Railroad Tunnel / Construction du tunnel Michigan Central Railroad

Title (Fre)

Construction du tunnel Michigan Central Railroad


ca 1907


Black and white photograph of the construction of the Michigan Central Railroad Tunnel; the photograph details a steam shovel, stationary on railroad tracks; the shovel has a bucket on the right side, hoisted by chains and pulleys; there are a few men standing on the ground around the shovel, and three men standing inside the cab; there is a tall smokestack on the roof of the shovel; the shovel and men are surrounded by dirt and building material; the Detroit River is visible in the background of the photograph and there are boats docked on the far (Detroit) side of the river.


Construction began in 1906 and the tunnel under the Detroit River was opened in 1910. Butler Bros. Construction Company of New York City were contracted to complete the work.

Place made

Canada - Ontario - Windsor

Collection Name

Museum Windsor


Building materials / Matériaux de construction

Butler Bros. Construction Co. / Compagnie de construction Butler Bros.

Construction workers / Travailleur de construction

Equipment / Équipement

Hoisting machinery / Grues

Men / Hommes

Michigan Central Railroad / Chemin de fer Michigan Central

Michigan Central Railroad Tunnel / Tunnel du chemin de fer Michigan Central

Railroad companies / Compagnies de chemin de fer

Railroad tracks / Voie ferrée

Steam shovels / Pelles à vapeur

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