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Chicken Pie Stop

The Michigan Central Railroad built a line across the souther part of the state in the early days of statehood for Michigan. At that time a steam engine could not go more than 100 miles without overheating, so Marshall became the switching station between Chicago and Detroit. The train would stop at the roundhouse in Marshall, switch engines, and then continue on its journey to either Detroit or Chicago.

Something quickly discovered by passengers was that they could get off the train and run into the station, order a chicken pot pie, and get back onto the train before it left the station. Thus, Marshall came to be known as the “Chicken Pie Stop.” In later years the rail yards were moved to Jackson, and Marshall’s roundhouse was moved to the Henry Ford Museum where it resides today.