niles michigan

 

This is the only place in Michigan where four flags (French, British, Spanish and American) once flew. Niles is still known as the "Four Flags City. The history of Niles, including the saga of Rudolph the two-headed lamb, is preserved all around town and in the historical museum.

When you finish at the museum, take a stroll and enjoy the historic architecture that adorns this town.

old depot

Off North 5th Street, the Niles Rail Depot is open during normal business hours as a working depot. The sandstone building was completed in 1881. Its Neo-Romanesque style made it a real showplace, intended to impress visitors from the East with this last passenger stop before the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Formal gardens were established in 1893. .

The Chapin Mansion is at 5th and Main Streets and is the current Niles City Hall. It is known for the stained glass window panels and hand carved woodwork.

For local lodging options www.backroadslodging.com

For cool shopping trips www.michigangiftshops.com