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Station:  Chatham, MI

LS&I Chatham Depot

Chatham Depot

Chatham, located in Alger county, was founded in 1896 around a lumber camp.  It was a station on the Munising Railway (later the Lake Superior & Ishpeming) and the village was developed by the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company which used wood from the forests for supports in the underground mines of the Marquette iron range.

The State of Michigan Experimental Farm was located here. [LSMI/1903]

Chatha Sawdust Loader

Photo info/credit:  Top:  An early photo of the depot with a hand cart nearby.  Note the wire insulators handing from below the depot roof [Alan Loftis collection].  Below:  The LS&I depot and right-of-way in 2002.  [Dave Fulkerth photo].  Bottom:  A sawdust loading device still in position in Chatham in 2002.  [Dave Fulkerth]

The DSS&A Chatham Station was located at Rocky River Road and was built about 1900. [UPM]