Michigan Roundhouse May be Razed

CSX may demolish a roundhouse in Port Huron, Michigan, after a portion of it collapsed last week.

The roundhouse had been built in 1920 by the Port Huron & Detroit.

Dismantling of the building had started in 2018 but had been halted over environmental concerns.

The Port Huron & Detroit Railroad Historical Society had considered seeking to purchase the roundhouse and restoring it but decided against that.

Dan Meinhard, president of the historical society, said a wall of the roundhouse likely collapsed during high winds during a storm.

“When you have a huge wall like that, that’s basically a free-standing wall, it’s basically a big sail,” Meinhard said.  

Meinhard said the decaying structure is a hazard because it’s unstable.

Although CSX has posted no trespassing signs on the property, the roundhouse has been visited by urban explorers and homeless people.

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