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Construction of 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 exterior of the Michigan Central Railroad Tunnel; the tunnel is partially buried in a deep trench; in the foreground of the photo the tunnel is unfinished and there are men standing on planks that span the trench; atop the completed portion of the tunnel there is a crane; it is tall, extending out of the photograph, and is mounted on some wooden planks; there is a second crane on the right side of the top of the trench; there are construction workers surrounding the two cranes and on the tunnel tubes; Mr. Alexander J. Richard (arrow drawn over his head) was the Foreman for the Air Compression Chambers for the project.


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

Progress photographs / Photographies Progress

Railroad companies / Compagnies de chemin de fer

Richard, Alexander J.

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