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Clare in Clare County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Logging Railroads

 
 
Logging Railroads Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, January 15, 2022
1. Logging Railroads Marker
Inscription.  Michigan's lumbermen found many areas were too far from rivers for logs to be taken to the mills in the spring drive. After 1870 the logging railroad came into increasing use as the means of opening these regions. The Lake George and Muskegon Railroad here in Clare County began hauling logs seven miles to the Muskegon River in 1877. New steam sawmills soon went up near these narrow-gauge lines because of the steady supply of timber that the logging trains furnished. Shown above is the Shays train, a type specially designed for use on the logging railroads.
 
Erected 1957 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number S28.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestryRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
 
Location. 43° 55.766′ N, 84° 46.103′ W. Marker is in Clare, Michigan, in Clare County. Marker is on South Clare Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map
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. Marker is in this post office area: Clare MI 48617, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jay's Sporting Goods (approx. 4.8 miles away); Michigan's Petroleum Industry (approx. 5˝ miles away); Clare Congregational Church (approx. 7.6 miles away); Farwell Area Historical Museum (approx. 8.2 miles away).
 
Logging Railroads Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, January 15, 2022
2. Logging Railroads Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 19, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 19, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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