The mission of the Clinton Northern Railway is to preserve the history of the railroad and its impact on small town America at the turn of the century and beyond.

Mar 02 2013

St. Johns, Then and Now, contributed by the Michigan Association of RR Passengers

historic cars outside St. Johns Depot

St. Johns, the Clinton County hub 18 miles north of Lansing, came close to bearing the name Sweglesville in honor of John Swegles, the Michigan auditor-general who bought, surveyed and cleared land for new settlements along the projected route of the Detroit and Milwaukee Railroad. Swegles (remember his first name was John) had greatly influenced the beginning of this new village in 1853 and his companions apparently believed it should bear his name. Either that or the reverend in the group had John the Apostle in mind.

Feb 26 2013

Author to Speak about Michigan’s Historic Train Stations

Michigan's Historic Railroad Stations

From the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers:

The enduring appeal of the classic railway depot has inspired songwriters, advertisers, and painters. Most recently, it has led Michael H. Hodges on an odyssey throughout the state to photograph and learn the stories of thirty-one of Michigan’s interesting and picturesque railroad stations.

Feb 10 2013

Ireland in Song and Story, Anew, with Father Eoin Murphy

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IRELAND IN SONG AND STORY ANEW

Get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day by enjoying an evening of entertainment featuring Fr. Eoin Murphy, back from Ireland on a return visit to St Johns. He has graciously agreed to spend an evening one more time, sharing his beautiful voice and amusing anecdotes with a bit of Irish blarney thrown in for good measure. The Mint City Singers will be show-casing their talents with a number of selections to round out the program.