About Halfway

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The city of Eastpointe has gone through many transformations throughout its long-established history. One particularly charming phase was when it was named Halfway. The name was derived from its stature as the halfway point between the great city of Detroit and the Macomb County seat Mount Clemens, though it has grown to offer much more than just a stopping point. This website offers insight into the small businesses that make this area unique.

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HALFWAY

During all the generations since Detroit was founded Halfway, in the public mind and in reality, has been but a mile post, measuring half the distance between Detroit and Mt. Clemens.

But Halfway is growing. Six months ago it was incorporated as a village. Now Halfway has a population of 6,500, and increasing rapidly. A movement is on foot to make it a city, and it soon will be that in reality.

There now are many buildings in what was farm land between Detroit and Halfway, and with the continued spread of the city it is only a matter of time when Halfway, like other communities, will be a large city in itself, closely linked to Detroit

-From Pipp’s Weekly.

Originally printed in the February 26, 1923 issue of Halfway News.

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 STOPS ON THE INTERURBAN LINES

Interurban trains ran from Detroit to Port Huron via Mount Clemens from 1895 to 1930. One line ran along Gratiot and the other along Jefferson; the two lines met in Mount Clemens and one line continued to New Baltimore (and then to Port Huron in St. Clair County). These are the stops that were in Macomb County:

Gratiot Line

  • Hund – North of 8 Mile Road
  • Halfway – Near 9 Mile Road
  • Roseville (Utica Junction) – At Utica and Martin (11 1/2 Mile) Roads
  • Ingleside – Near 14 or 15 Mile Road
  • Mount Clemens

Jefferson Line

  • Milk River – North of 8 Mile Road
  • L’Anse Creuse – Near 9 Mile Road
  • Jefferson Beach – Near 10 or 11 Mile Road
  • Maple Club – Near 14 Mile Road
  • Lakeside – At Crocker Road
  • Mount Clemens

Single line to Port Huron

  • Chesterfield
  • Orre
  • Bay Court
  • New Baltimore
Detroit_united_railway_map-1904

Map of the Detroit United Railway including the Detroit and Port Huron Shore Line Rapid Railway System

 


Sources:

Ladensack, C. Macomb County Extinct Towns, Railroad Stops, & Place Name Changes. Retrieved from  www.mtclib.org

Pipp’s Weekly. (1923, February 26). Halfway. Halfway News, p. 1.

 

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