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Pere Marquette button, 1984.

Promotional button celebrating the Pere Marquette inaugural in August 1984. Metal button with pin; measures approximately 2 1/4" across.

<i>Pere Marquette</i> button, 1984.
In cooperation with the Michigan Department of Transportation, Amtrak initiated the 176 mile Pere Marquette service in 1984 to link Grand Rapids with Chicago. The line was named after a train of the old Pere  Marquette Railway, which in turn was named for Père Jacques Marquette, a seventeenth century French Jesuit missionary who preached in the Great Lakes region. From the Ann Owens Collection.