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