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Station:  Russell, MI

Russel StationThe town of Russell, in Alcona county was created by the narrow gauge AuSable and Northwestern Railroad, which was a logging railroad in northeastern Michigan.  The AS&NW's base location was on the AuSable River at Potts, and the route went northeast into the woods, originally to this lumber village.  After cutting and dragging lumber on skids to the rail, the lumber was loaded and brought down the AS&NW to Potts, where it was dropped into the AuSable River and floated to the lumber mills in the towns of AuSable and Oscoda on Lake Huron.