The Dummy Train - Ludington, Michigan
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member theHostas
N 43° 57.183 W 086° 27.053
16T E 544060 N 4866805
The sculpture depicts travelers at a train station.
Waymark Code: WM10TB7
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 06/21/2019
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 1

The plaque states, "This sculpture was presented to the city of Ludington by the cottagers at Epworth Heights in gratitude for the generations of our families who have enjoyed their summers in this beautiful environment. The first train rolled over the track to Ludington from Flint in late 1874. The railroad played an integral part in connecting the newly established city of Ludington to the outside world and was key to the growth of both the logging industry and tourism in Ludington. The Epworth League Railroad was incorporated in 1893, and thus service from Ludington to Epworth was established. The passenger train, which was known as the Dummy Train, carried thousands of summer residents to Epworth Heights, a Lake Michigan beachfront community. Often husbands sent their wives and children ahead of them to escape the summer heat. They joined their families intermittently during the season as their business schedules permitted. Remnants of the original rails used in Ludington are present with this sculpture. The advent of the automobile diminished passenger travel, and in July 1919, the last passenger run was made. 2005"
Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: The Dummy Train

Figure Type: Human

Artist Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: George Lundeen

Date created or placed or use 'Unknown' if not known: 2005

Materials used: Bronze, steel (railroad track)

Location: Waterfront Park, Ludington, Michigan

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