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Michigan Central Railroad

The Michigan Central Railroad was incorporated in 1846 to establish rail service between Detroit, Michigan and St. Joseph, Michigan; the railroad operated in the states of Michigan and Illinois in the United States, the province of Ontario in Canada. After about 1867 the railroad was controlled by the New York Central Railroad, which became part of Penn Central and Conrail. After the 1998 Conrail breakup Norfolk Southern Railway now owns much of the former Michigan Central trackage. At the end of 1925 MC operated 4139 miles of track. Michigan Central RailroadBattle Creek and Bay City Railroad 1889 Buchanan and St. Joseph River Railroad 1897 Central Railroad of Michigan 1837-1846 Detroit and St. Joseph Railroad 1831-1837 Detroit and Bay City Railroad 1881 Detroit and Charlevoix Railroad 1916 Frederick and Charlevoix Railroad 1901 Detroit River Tunnel Company Railroad 1918 Jackson and Saginaw Railroad 1871 Amboy and Traverse Bay Railroad 1866 Grand River Valley Railroad 1870 Joliet and Northern Indiana Railroad 1851 Kalamazoo and South Haven Railroad 1870 Michigan Air Line Railway 1870 Michigan Midland and Canada Railroad 1878 Saginaw Bay and Northwestern Railroad 1884 Pinconning Railroad 1879 Glencoe and Lake Shore Railroad 1878 St. Louis and Battle Creek Railroad 1889 The line between Detroit and St. Joseph, Michigan was planned in 1830 to provide freight service between Detroit and Chicago by train to St. Joseph and via boat service on to Chicago.

The Detroit & St. Joseph Railroad was chartered in 1831 with a capital of $1,500,000; the railroad began construction on May 18, 1836, starting at "King's Corner" in Detroit, the name by which the southeast corner of Jefferson and Woodward Avenue was known. Note that this is not the location of Michigan Central Station, which replaced this building; the small private organization, known as the Detroit and St. Joseph Railroad ran into problems securing cheap land in the private market, abandonment of the project was discussed; the City of Detroit invested $50,000 in the project. The State of Michigan bailed out the railroad in 1837 by purchasing it and investing $5,000,000; the now state-owned company was renamed the Central Railroad of Michigan. By 1840 the railroad was again out of money and had only completed track between Detroit and Dexter, Michigan. In 1846 the state sold the railroad to the newly incorporated Michigan Central corporation for $2,000,000. By this time the railroad had reached a distance 143.16 miles.

The new private corporation had committed to complete the railroad with T rail of not less than sixty pounds to the yard and to replace the poorly built rails between Kalamazoo and Detroit with similar quality rail, as the state-built rail was of low quality. The new owners met this obligation by building the rest of the line some 74.84 miles to the shores of Lake Michigan by 1849. However, rather than go to St. Joseph, instead they went to New Buffalo; this was. This involved passing through two other states and getting leave from two state legislatures to do so. To facilitate this process, they bought the Joliet and Northern Indiana Railroad in 1851, thus they reached Michigan City, Indiana by 1850 and finished the line to Kensington, IL in 1852, using Illinois Central trackage rights to downtown Chicago. The completed railroad was 270 miles in length; the Michigan Central Railroad operated passenger trains between Chicago and Detroit. These trains ranged from locals to the Wolverine. In 1904, MCR began a long-term lease of Canada Southern Railway, which operated the most direct route between Detroit and New York.

CSR's mainline cut between Windsor and Fort Erie. The new service, known as the Canada Division Passenger Service, saw a major surge beginning at the start of the 1920s. Between 1920 and 1922, the legendary Wolverine passenger train operated in two sections, five days per week along CSR's mainline. In the summer of 1923, the eastbound Wolverine began running from Detroit to Buffalo without any scheduled stops in Canada, making the trip in 4 hours and 50 minutes, an unprecedented achievement. During the same summer, the Canada Division was moving 2,300 through passengers per day. By the end of the decade, a fleet of 205 J-1 class Hudson – one of the most powerful locomotives for passenger service yet designed – was hauling passengers along the CSR mainline. However, by the 1930s the Wolverine was making stops in the Canadian section of the route. By the late 1940s, the Empire State Express passed from Buffalo into Southwestern Ontario, however, it terminated at Detroit. While Michigan Central was an independent subsidiary of the New York Central System, passenger trains were staged from Illinois Central's Central Station as a tenant.

When MC operations were integrated into NYC in the 1950s, trains were re-deployed to NYC's LaSalle Street Station home, where other NYC trains such as the 20th Century Limited were staged. IC won because the MC had a lease that ran for a few more years; the MC route from Chicago to Porter, Indiana, is intact. The Kensington Interchange, shared with the South Shore Line, was cut out; these tracks now belong to Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad, are overgrown stub tracks ending short of the interchange. Some trackage around the Indiana Harbor Belt's Gibson Yard has been removed; the MC's South Water Street freight trackage in downtown Chic

Marco Antonio Barrera

Marco Antonio Barrera Tapia is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1989 to 2011. He held multiple world championships in three weight classes, including the WBO junior featherweight title twice between 1995 and 2001, the Ring magazine and lineal featherweight titles between 2001 and 2003, the unified WBC and IBF super featherweight titles between 2004 and 2007. Barrera is well known for his trilogy with fellow Mexican legend Érik Morales, his duology with Manny Pacquiao, his rivalry with Naseem Hamed and Juan Manuel Márquez. ESPN ranked Barrera as number 43 on their list of the 50 greatest boxers of all time, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2017. As an amateur, Barrera was a five-time Mexican national champion. Before losing his first amateur contest, Barrera had an undefeated record of 56–0. Barrera made his professional debut at 15 when he defeated David Felix by a knockout in round two on November 22, 1989; the victory marked. In 1990, Barrera had seven fights, including his first rise in quality opposition, when he defeated veteran Iván Salazar, by a decision in eight rounds.

In 1991, he had defeating boxers Abel Hinojosa, Javier Díaz and others. Barrera began 1992 by winning his first professional title, defeating Justino Suárez by a decision in twelve rounds to win the Mexican super flyweight championship, he retained the title three times before the end of the year which helped improved his ranking in the super flyweight division. He defeated Abner Barajas by a decision in ten rounds, Angel Rosario by a knockout in six rounds. In 1993, Barrera had six bouts, he retained his title against Noe Santillana and among others. By 1994, Barrera was attending University to become a lawyer and continued his boxing career. On April 13, he defeated future champion Carlos Salazar by a ten-round decision in Argentina, he defeated former world champion Eddie Cook before the end of the year. Barrera began 1995 by fighting for a world title. On March 31, he became the WBO super bantamweight champion by defeating Puerto Rican boxer Daniel Cobrita Jiménez by a decision in twelve rounds at Anaheim, California.

By this time, many boxing journalist were calling Barrera "Mexico's next Julio César Chávez." He made four defenses. On June 2, 1995, he defeated. Barrera knocked Toledo down twice. On July 15, 1995, Barrera scored. In his next bout, he won a twelve-round unanimous decision over future champion Agapito Sánchez. On February 6, 1996, he fought on the first installment of HBO Boxing's spin-off series "HBO Boxing After Dark." In one of the fights of the year, Barrera stopped Kennedy McKinney in 12 rounds, knocking him down five times whilst suffering one knockdown himself. After the McKinney fight, he defeated former WBO champion Jesse Benavides by third-round knockout. On July 14, 1996, he defeated another former champion, Orlando Fernandez, by seventh-round TKO. On November 22, 1996, he suffered his first career loss and lost his title to American boxer Junior Jones, by a disqualification in round five. Barrera was knocked down in Round 5 by Jones, was declared the loser by disqualification and not by knockout because Barrera's cornerman climbed onto the ring to stop the fight as Jones was finishing Barrera.

On April 18, 1997, he was given a chance to regain his title, facing Jones in a rematch in Las Vegas. Barrera was defeated by a unanimous decision that fans thought was controversial, but retired from boxing nonetheless regardless of the opinions of his die-hard fans. Barrera announced a comeback in 1998, a year and he started off by defeating Angel Rosario by a knockout in round five. After two more wins, he was given another opportunity to fight for a world title by the WBO. On October 31, he became a two-time world super bantamweight champion by defeating Richie Wenton by a knockout in three rounds, winning the WBO's vacant title. In 1999, he had two title defenses and he ran into controversy. On December 18, he defeated César Najera in four rounds at California, but upon finding out that Najera had a losing record and was part of Barrera's team, the California State Athletic Commission decided to rule the fight a no contest bout. In February 2000, Barrera was defeated by the WBC super bantamweight title holder Erik Morales by a controversial 12 round split decision.

It was an intense battle in which both fighters were battered. The Ring named it the fight of the year. After the bout, the WBO reinstated Barrera as their champion and he defended the title three additional times. On June 17, 2000, he defeated Luiz Freitas by first-round knockout. In his next bout, he defeated. On December 1, 2000, he scored a sixth-round knockout over former world champion Jesús Salud. In 2001, Barrera moved up in weight division. On April 7, he handed British boxer Naseem Hamed his first and only loss for the lineal featherweight championship by a twelve-round decision. Before the fight, Hamed was a 3 to 1 betting favorite in Las Vegas. Hamed could not hit Barrera with his trademark lefts as Barrera circled to his left and worked both head and body. Barrera responded to Hamed's punches during clinches. On one occasion early in the fight, Hamed grabbed Barrera and they both fell to the ground where Barrera threw a right jab, leading to a warning from referee Joe Cortez. In the 12th and final round Barrera trapped Hamed in a full nelson and forced his head into the turnbuckle, resulting in a point dedu

Sylvester (film)

Sylvester is a 1985 American family drama film directed by Tim Hunter and starring Richard Farnsworth and Melissa Gilbert. The film was nominated for a Young Artist Award in 1986. A young woman called Charlie cares for a horse brought to a livestock auction yard and helps turn him into a champion jumper. Richard Farnsworth as Foster Melissa Gilbert as Charlie Michael Schoeffling as Matt Constance Towers as Muffy Peter Kowanko as Harris The film was filmed on location in Marfa and Alpine, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky in the summer of 1984. One of the horses to play Sylvester was The Gray Goose, his handler Kim Walnes doubled for Gilbert in the action shots at the Kentucky Horse Park. Three songs by the Textones are heard in the film: "Number One Is to Survive", "It's a Matter of Time" and "It's Okay". Sylvester on IMDb Sylvester at Box Office Mojo Sylvester at Rotten Tomatoes Flixster - Sylvester 1985 New York Times, Melissa Gilbert in'Sylvester', March 15, 1985