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In a historic aside, note that New Buffalo was chosen as the end of the line for the Michigan Central Railroad, chartered in 1846 to take passengers and freight between Indiana and Lake Michigan. In 1849, the year the first rails were laid, 100,000 people traveled on the line, many stopping New Buffalo where steamers such as the Pacific and the Cleveland made runs across the water to Chicago and Milwaukee. A building boom ensued, with hotels, restaurants and shops appearing along Whittaker Street. Four years later, a line was added connecting to Chicago and New Buffalo became a quite town once again.