Sledding Hill – Home of the Cardboard Classic

The Sledding Hill in Victory Park Albion is already a destination for those who love to race on a snowy hill, but once a year it is the host to hundreds of people for the Cardboard Classic Sledding Race. In 2018 the date is Saturday February 9. The date was carefully chosen to coincide with the winter storm that arrived earlier in the week and just ended the day of the race for the a foot of the finest powder for the sport.

 Learn more about the Cardboard Classic on their facebook event page here:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/AlbionCardboardClassic/events/?ref=page_internal

The sledding hill in Victory Park Albion is a popular destination in the area. There are straw bales on either side, and a light at night so sledders can enjoy the lovely trees and view in Victory Park.

The sledding hill is home to the Cardboard Classic Annual Sledding contest, with prizes for the fastest, and most uniquely designed sleds made of Corrugated Cardboard.  The event usually happens in January or February, weather allowing.

This view of the sledding hill is part of a 56-foot long mural in the drive thru of First Merit bank in downtown Albion.  The mural is called the Albion River of Time because it shows a linear scene depicting things happening in all four seasons in Albion, along with the river, brick streets,  river trail, and parks.

Learn more about the mural at this link: http://www.albionmich.com/mural/

Map to Victory Park – closest parking to the sledding hill is on Haven Road near Veterans Way.

 

See below for examples of cardboard sleds at the Albion sledding event.

Electric Interurban train from olden days

Interurban- Interurbans were mostly, but not exclusively, a Midwest phenomena, existing between about 1900 and 1930.  By 1930 the Great Depression, cheaper cars, and more and better roads, put most interurban systems out of business, and those same forces were beginning to affect railroad passenger service. Only WWII kept railroad passenger service viable for another decade or so.  In their heyday, one could ride interurbans great distances in the southern Michigan interurban system.
The rise of those interurban lines fundamentally changed local transportation habits, commerce, and connected the cities and the countryside while competing with the steam locomotive railroads for passengers and cargo. At a time when most roads were unpaved, interurbans provided a predictable, durable and comfortable way to travel and move products.  The interurban opened up the era of commuting.   This view is of Marshall, Michigan.

Albion – Marshall Connector

The Albion Marshall Connector is a bus that offers curb to curb service between the Albion and Marshall communities.

Read about the Connector on the official City of Albion website.

Visit the Connector Facebook page.

The Connector operates on weekdays, and it is best to call to order a ride one day ahead of time.
(517) 654-3000  – The fee is $1 each way between Albion and Marshall.

Since the recent annexation of Albion Public Schools into the Marshall Public School system, and the older loss of Albion Community Hospital and more use of Marshall’s Oaklawn Hospital, Albion residents are increasingly needing to go to Marshall for some basic services.  Sometimes, transportation is an issue, and when this is the case, there are options for getting around from Albion to Marshall and back.

The service has been funded through a series of grants and donation but more donations are needed. Tax deductible donations made be made to the City of Albion or the City of Marshall with the note that the donation is for the Albion Marshall Connector.  We will post more information about donations later.

See more photos and unofficial information about the connector on this page:

http://www.marshallmich.net/transportation/

The following information was taken from an official pdf flier on the City of Marshall website.

See the pdf flier by clicking here.


What is the Albion – Marshall Connector?

The Connector is a curb to curb driving service which helps members of the Albion and Marshall communities travel back and forth to work, school, doctors visits, shopping, and more. Currently, the connector runs five days a week from 7:30am to 4:30pm. The bus will also run during special events with Marshall Public Schools such as parent teacher conferences or sporting events. Call anytime to check on the special event schedule or you can find more info on our Facebook page.

Unless a reservation is made 24 hours in advance, pick up will be on a first come first serve basis. Reservations can be made up to one week in advance with standing reservations also being an option.

One Way Fares

$2.00

Adults / Children 13+

$1.00

Disabled / Seniors 60+ / Children age 5 to 12

Free

Caretakers / Children under 5 with a paid rider

*Tokens are used as change. Drivers do not carry cash. Tokens can be purchased from the drivers.