Culver almost didn’t have a railroad.

In 1883, the Vandalia Railroad company

planned to extend its trackage

to South Bend, by way of Walkerton.

The present route was adopted

because the citizens of Center Township

voted a $30,000 subsidy for the railroad

and because eight Plymouth men

who owned lake property in Culver

agreed to give the railroad

a right of way through their land.

Track was complete

to Plymouth in 1884,

so Culver must have seen

its first train about that time.