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                                          1930's reunion ot Detroit United Railway workers.                         

Detroit United Railways

Between 1863 -1900 there were 29 streetcar companies that had or were operating in the city of Detroit and surrounding communities. By 1897 only three companies remained. In December 1900 all Detroit area streetcar systems were consolidated into the Detroit United Railway under the Evertt-Morse syndicate a Cleveland based group of investors. By1901 the DUR had acquired almost all of the interurban routes as well. Interurbans traveled between towns and cities. At its peak operation in 1907 the DUR ran more than 400 miles of interurban lines and 187 miles of city street railway.

In the 1920's the streetcar system was sold to the city of Detroit and by 1928 what remained of the DUR was reorganized as the Eastern Michigan Railways.

One of the major DUR streetcar lines traveled up Main Street in Royal Oak, and terminated at about the Rochester -Catalpa Rd. intersection. From this point passengers switched to the interurban to continue traveling to northern destinations.

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