After 26 Depot - Cadillac, Michigan
After 26 Depot Cafe & Unique Gifts - www.after26project.org
While most Ann Arbor depots were crude wooden boxes, the Cadillac depot was built of brick with terra cotta and cut stone trim.
In Michigan, after 26 years of age, adults with developmental disabilities and cognitive impairment can no longer attend public school. For these individuals and their families, what to do next is a real challenge. In 2007, a local group of retired teachers, parents, and volunteers got together to see if they could provide some type of meaningful employment for those adults. There is a real need to provide employment for special needs adults, not only in Cadillac, but throughout Michigan. Thus the After 26 Project was born.
The Ann Arbor depot in Cadillac is said to have been built in 1913, after considerable discussion by the city commision about the conditions at the old wooden depot. The old depot was moved to Temple. The Toledo, Ann Arbor & Northern Railroad built through Cadillac in 1887. After an 1895 reorganization, the road was renamed the Ann Arbor Railroad. The line was completed to Frankfort in 1896, by acquisition of a small independant line between Copimish and Frankfort. In 1896 the railroad started a very successful carferry route across Lake Michigan to Manitowoc, WI. Over the years the Ann Arbor earned its living as a bridge line for east-west traffic. Less than 10% of its traffic was for on-line customers.