Friday, February 13, 2015


The Lake Odessa Area Historical Society met for its General Meeting Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Lake Odessa Museum.  The program focused on the history of the Chicago, Kalamazoo and Saginaw Railroad and was prompted by the discovery of C. K. & S. artifacts by two young men from the area.  Brady E. and Varik P. both 8th graders uncovered several items on a local farm in Woodland Twp., Barry County.  These items included an actual piece of the railroad track, some railroad spikes and a section of the driveshaft from a steam locomotive.  Their discovery led to the donation of these items to the Lake Odessa Museum for its growing collection of local Railroad history.  A member of the C. K. and S. Railfans was a guest speaker for the evening sharing the formation and early history of the railroad.  These items plus the collection of Railroad items from the Luther Brodbeck Collection form the foundation for this new and growing display.