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Hop on the Troop Train!

Port Sanilac, MI – The Sanilac County Historical Society was recently gifted a U.S. Army Troop Kitchen Car. As its name implies, the Troop Kitchen Car was used to prepare meals for our troops. The “army range” wood/coal stove in the car is one of only two left in the entire country! Also original to the car is a dry sink, where you can imagine the mess cooks,  white-aproned, with rolled-up sleeves, standing peeling potatoes. 

The car has a distinct tie to the Thumb. It was built by the Pullman Factory in Detroit in 1942. Many men in the Thumb left their wives and families to tend their farms as they headed to work each day at the Pullman Factory. 

The gift of this Troop Car brings the Historical Society one step closer to realizing their dream of having a train car sitting at the historic Deckerville Depot on their grounds. This will be a huge project and a lot of help will be needed from the community. Happily, a generous donor has agreed to match all donations made to the Historical Society from now through #GivingTuesday, November 30. Donations will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000! 

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All funds raised will be used for transportation from Flint, where the car currently sits, plus the costs for renovation and all expenses related to laying the rail bed at the Museum. The total estimate for this project is $100,000. 

The exterior of the car will be refurbished to how it looked when it was shiny and new in 1942. The interior will be renovated so that it can be used to house the military display, which currently sits on the second floor of the mansion/museum. The new display will be handicap accessible, making it available to all who wish to view it, and especially to our aging veterans. 

The Sanilac County Historical Society hopes you find value in this plan and will “Hop on the Troop Train” to help them reach their goal of funding this very important project!  

  • Mail checks made to “SCHS” to P.O. Box 158 Port Sanilac, MI 48469 
  • Call the office at 810.622.9946 to pay over the phone with a credit card 
  • Drop in at the office, Tuesday-Friday, from 11-4pm, to pay via check, cash or credit card. ∙ Donate online at Donate (paypal.com) 
  • GivingTuesday Fundraiser: Fundraiser by Dawn Malek : HOP ON THE TROOP TRAIN! (gofundme.com) 

Donations will be accepted anytime, but to qualify for dollar-for-dollar matching, must be made prior to December 1.  Some exceptions can be made so please call the office at 810.622.9946 to discuss this further with Dawn.

What our U.S. Army Troop Kitchen Car looked like when it was built in 1942:

What our Troop Car looks like now:

What our Troop Car will look like after renovations!

The Museum is located at 228 S. Ridge St. (M-25) in Port Sanilac. More information is available by calling the office at  810.622.9946, or on the Museum’s Facebook page at “Sanilac County Historic Village & Museum”, and online at  www.sanilaccountymuseum.org. 

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