Atlas and Farm Directory of Mason County, Michigan. Chicago: Standard Map Company, 1915. Accessed March 25, 2019.http://www.historicmapworks. com/Atlas/US/12144/Mason+County+1915/. Council for the Humanities. Our Towns Revisited: ...
Author: Sandi Lewis-Malburg
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
More than a century ago, Mason County was a much different, harsher place. Arriving by foot and boat to find a dense wilderness, hardy pioneers carved out tiny settlements stretching right to the coast of Lake Michigan. When the lumber industry arrived in Michigan, the settlements grew to boomtowns and new towns formed. To serve the lumber industry, the railroad spread across the county, and immigrants and settlers flooded in to have their chance at the American Dream. But when the lumber ran out, the mills closed down. Jobs disappeared, and so did these towns. Out of the thirty-nine settlements, only two cities and six fading villages remain today. Join local author Sandi Lewis-Malburg as she uncovers the towns that time forgot.