Station: Stambaugh, MI

Stambaugh MI depot

Stambaugh was platted in 1882 after the Iron River Mine had shown sufficient promise of producing large qualtities of ore. The new village was named in honor of John Stambaugh,the president of theTod, Stambaugh Company of Youngstown, Ohio which had recently acquired the rights to the Iron River Mine. In 1890, the town was incorporated as a village and a water system was installed.

At the turn of the century, the population of Stambaugh was 695. In the early 20th century, Stambaugh had five mines. Electricity was brought in by the Menominee Range Power and Development Company. Telephone lines were installed in 1898 by Michigan Bell Telephone Company. In 1923, the town was incorporated as a City. The population peaked in 1930 at 2,400, but declined as mining declined. In 2000, the town was merged into Iron River. [Iron County Historical Society information]

Photo Info/Credit: A photo of the Stambaugh depot and water tower in 1955, showing both steam and diesel locomotives. [Escababa Daily News archives]

May 25, 1923. Flames Destroy Stambaugh Station. The Northwestern railroad company's station at Stambaugh was completely destroyed by fire, of unknown origin Wednesday morning. The building was of frame construction, with quarters for telegrapher, waiting room, and freight storage warehouse. [BH]

January 3, 1959. Railroad Asks Change of Track at Stambaugh. Washington (AP) - The Milwaukee Road has asked the Interstate Commerce Commission for authority to relocate it operations in the vicinity of Iron River and Stambaugh.

The company proposes to abandon about two miles of trackage in and around Stambaugh because it has been advised than an iron ore mining operation is approaching the right of way with threat of cave ins.

The Milwaukee has contracted with the Chicago & Northwestern Railway for use of about five miles of its tracks as a substitute route between Stambaugh and Iron River. [IDG]