In 1865 the Grand Trunk Railroad built a station to service the town of New Haven in southeast Michigan. It was along this route that a young Thomas Edison worked as a “News Butch” selling newspapers and snacks to passengers riding on the train. In 1940, on a publicity tour for the movie Young Tom Edison, Mickey Rooney, who played Tom Edison in the movie, took an 8 car train from Port Huron to Detroit. The train made various stops along the way, including the New Haven Depot, where he was greeted by over half the village. While the train was moving, Mickey Rooney, dressed as Tom Edison, walked through the train hawking newspapers, candy, etc. just as Tom had originally done.
Passenger trains no longer stopped at the little depot after 1954, and by the 1990s the railroad no longer used the station. It was sold to a nonprofit group who renovated it and is now used as a museum.
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