The Old Peacock Depot


My dad always used to tell me what a thriving town Peacock, Michigan, was but even in my young days, Peacock was just a blur in the road. No stop sign, not even a flashing light. Branch, Michigan, at least had a flashing yellow light and I thought that was small too. In fact, Peacock was just a little burg with a few houses and that was it.

Yet in my dad’s day, Peacock was something else as it had its own train depot which made it something in those days. Now I’m not even sure if a train knows where Peacock is. It is located about seven or eight miles away from Big Bass Lake but unlike Irons, it has little businesses of note. Irons has restaurants and a few churches along with some other kinds of businesses.

But Peacock used to stand out in my dad’s eyes but for what I don’t know. Anyone else out there with more info on Peacock?

One thought on “The Old Peacock Depot

  1. Peacock is at the intersection of what was the Pere Marquette Railroad that went from points south like Grand Rapids up throuh Irons and onward through Dublin, High Bridge etc. The other east to west Railroad was the Manistee and Grand Rapids that ran between Luther and Manistee. My understanding is they were initially constructed for the timber industry but later evolved into freight railroads. According to locals both tracks were pulled in the late 1940’s and 1950’s. Parts of both railroads now serve as snowmobile trails in the Peacock area. In it’s heyday Peacock had saw mill or mills and also a baseball team. Some interesting photos can be seen at the link below from a washout that occured on the Grand Rapids and Manistee Railroad not far from Peacock.
    http://dawnmk.wordpress.com/2008/08/13/washout-train-trestle/#comment-98

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