Holly Union Depot in National Contest for $150,000 Grant, Online Votes Needed

Holly Union Depot in National Contest for $150,000 Grant, Online Votes Needed

(Crystal Proxmire, Sept. 27, 2019)

Holly, MI- As of Friday, Holly is in seventh place in the Vote Your Main Street grant contest through National Geographic to win a $150,000 preservation grant. The contest features 20 projects across the county with a theme of women in history.

Holly residents and businesses have been raising money to move the depot to an area closer to Broad Street and away from the train tracks so that it can be repurposed for public enjoyment, with tourist information and the potential for events.

In it’s current location, nestled between two tracks, the former train station is off limits to the public.

The description on the contest page clarifies the history and vision. “Holly Union Depot, built in 1886, was such a “people place” that over time, millions of travelers wore depressions in the floor as they waited to purchase tickets. In the course of its history, women also developed a strong connection to the Depot; there, they distributed meals for soldiers, sent the men off to war, and welcomed them home. Of note, famous Prohibitionist Carry Nation arrived at the Depot in 1908 and became known locally for her hatchet-wielding crusades against “demon-rum” in nearby Battle Alley.

“Grant funding will help rehabilitate the Depot and transform it into a welcome center and tourism office where visitors can learn about Holly’s history and the important roles that women past and present play in the community.”

Anyone residing in the United States is welcome to vote once daily through Oct. 29 for the project they think should win. Other projects include the Monroe County Courthouse in Monroeville, AL, The YWCA in Seattle WA, and the Elisabet Ney Museum in Austin TX among others. The Holly Union Depot is the only project in Michigan that’s in the running.

Sign up to vote at National Geographic Vote Your Main Street contest page.

For more details about the preservation plans, check out this previous Oakland County Times story.

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