Depot Museum

Visit our Depot Museum

The current Alden Depot, built in 1907, replaced the original building lost to fire the previous year. Once known as ”the finest depot on the line north of Grand Rapids,” the Pere Marquette Train Depot was the center of activity in historic Alden. The “Resort Special” arrived daily from points around the Midwest, with passengers planning holidays at one of the many summer camps, resorts, and hotels.  More tickets were sold to Alden, a favorite destination point, than any other stop along the line!

Explore our Exhibits

What brought early pioneers to the area?  Who were they? What did their homes, work, and recreational lives look like? Exhibits and collections  include local history and railroad history books, photographs, documents, artifacts and family stories which showcase these resilient, hardworking pioneers.  Browse many photographs of early recreation and resort life around Torch Lake.

Alden Depot prior to 1906
Alden Harbor Regatta Day
Alden Depot 1952

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