Recent Grants Put Depot Project Over the Top!

We wish to thank Consumers Energy Foundation for its generous contribution of $25,000, which along with a recent grant of $5,000 from the Clare County Community Foundation now enables us to complete rehabilitation of the depot, as well as begin landscaping to beautify the site.

Once the work on the interior is completed later this spring, the Clare Chamber of Commerce and the Clare County Arts Council will move into the depot and it will be open! We also plan for a grand opening celebration in the coming months to thank our donors, our supporters and many volunteers. Date to be announced in the near future.

A Look Behind Saving the Historic Clare Railroad Depot


On Jan. 5, 2016, a caboose was delivered to the depot where is will be permanently housed. The depot is in honor of Larry Lewis, a longtime supporter, who was instrumental in saving the depot and was purchased with funds designated for such an item.

 The caboose may eventually house a railway museum once it is restored.  

 Here is a short video on how the caboose was installed onsite. It was produced by MAC TV.



Click to view a video slideshow about the building's move last year from its original location adjacent to the tracks to its new permanent home just off of Clare's downtown.

Clare Depot Items Needed

Do you own or have an idea where items can be found that were once part of the Clare Depot? Maybe some old signage, photographs, time schedules, train equipment, furniture or the like. While we'd love to have it given or loaned to us, we'd also just like to know where these items can be found so we can document them, if you'd let us. 

We're even interested in old letters or descriptions that might shed light on how the depot looked, and what people thought of it.  Believe it or not, there are no photos or drawings that we are aware of that show the interior of the Clare depot.  Do you know of any?  We'd LOVE to find something!