Pewamo is located on the eastern edge of Ionia County. Our location on the trail is unique in that it offers a gateway to two different trail experiences. To the east, riders can experience the openness of fields and agriculture and to the west, the beauty of woods, creeks, rivers, and expansive bridges created on the former railroad trestles.
Founded in 1859, the Village’s existence can be credited largely to the railroad which remained in operation until the 1990s. Wishing to continue the history of servicing those who use the rail corridor, Pewamo had the foresight to prepare for the arrival of the Fred Meijer CIS Trail prior to its existence. In 2011 the Village applied for a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant for the construction of a Trailhead to service future trail users. And in the fall of 2013 Pewamo celebrated the grand opening and dedication of the Trailhead, which is fashioned after the original Pewamo Depot.
The Trailhead is a beautiful pavilion complete with bathrooms, a drinking fountain, picnic tables, and bike racks. Pewamo continued its historical approach to the design by adding a display of railroad tools and equipment. The items on display were provided by third-generation Pewamo railroad workers; who were the last two men responsible for the maintenance of the Grand Rapids railroad sub from Owosso to Lowell.
Pewamo invites the users of the Fred Meijer CIS Trail to spend some time enjoying our Trailhead and our Village! We currently have three venues located not far from the Trailhead, where trail users can find food and refreshments. There are options to sit and relax on an outdoor patio, enjoy inside dining or grab a quick refreshment as you pass through town. Whatever you decide, we trust you’ll find Pewamo ready to meet your needs and enhance your trail experience!
Railroad Repair Crew
Bill Schmitz, Arlo Rightinbrig, Unidentified, Doug Brown, Matt Schrauben, Joe Schafer, Matt Miller & Ernie Fox