Depot on its way to its new home!


Preserving the Clare Railroad Depot

The Clare Railroad Depot, with its distinctive turret and Queen Anne architecture, served as a gateway to our county for more than 70 years.  From 1894 until its closing in the 1950s, untold thousands--lumberjacks, farmers, businessmen, families, soldiers and tourists--passed through its doors.  In the  future, the depot will again serve the community, this time as a welcoming center, meeting place, railroad museum, local rail-trail hub and home to the Clare Area Chamber of Commerce and Clare County Arts Council.

The first phase--moving it may be done. But now the real work begins: Renovation! As with the first phase, we need your help. The Clare Railroad Depot Committee invites you to learn about the depot's storied past and discover how you can become part of its bright future.  Volunteer. Donate. Purchase a brick or signed print.

 Sponsored by the Clare Railroad Depot Steering Committee.


Penink WWII soldier

Our group has limited edition prints of “Homecoming” by Bay City artist Terry Dickinson, which depicts the Clare Union Depot as it appeared in the 1940s. In the print you can see a steam locomotive at the Clare Union Depot having just returned a WWII soldier, who is being greeted by his young daughter.

Prints are $20. Matted is $60 and matted and framed is $175. All prints are signed by the artist.

Help us raise money and have a wonderful piece of art for your wall or to give as a gift--or both!

Contact Diane Lyon at the Clare City Hall at (989) 386-7541 x 106.

Future depot

Above is an artist's rendering of the new depot once the moving is completed and the renovation is finished. The renovated depot will be located approximately 900 feet west of its current location.  Learn more...

Click the image above to view a short video on the history of the depot and the restoration project.
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