Nickel Plate Railroad

While attending church in 1883, the Clifton Aldrich family of Dover Township heard that the trestle across Rocky River had been completed, and the first train would be traveling through to Lorain. Mr. Aldrich hitched the team to the big farm wagon. Even before the locomotive whistle was heard down the line, the Aldrich children climbed into the wagon and rode to Bassett Road to watch the first train rumble through Dover. Along with the coming of the railroad, the town of Dover needed a station stop. Dover Center Road was chosen for the site. The Depot, also known as Dover Station, was built on the north side of the tracks.
The railroad brought new business, more families with children. The Clemens family lived at the corner of Detroit and Cahoon in an area known as Clemens Woods. In 1895, Will Clemens deeded land to the school board not far south of the railroad tracks. A one story brick building with a hipped roof became Depot School (District Number 9). The school was later purchased by William Yaeger and converted into a home.

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