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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Bangor's Railroad Cafe

Bangor, about 25 miles east of Kalamazoo, was a booming town back in the 1870's. Trains carrying timber, iron ore and farm produce whizzed by at a constant pace. The advent of the automobile, trucking and interstate travel almost put the railroads out of business. Residents in Bangor got together and renovated this beautiful depot which had been in disuse since the 1960's. Opened in 2005, it now holds the Amtrak waiting room, various offices and the Railroad Café and Coffee Depot. Passengers can catch the 9am train for Chicago and return the same evening. The café has a nice selection of paninis, sandwiches, soups and salads as well as a breakfast menu.

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