Station: Munising, MI
The City of Munising became the county seat of Alger County when the county was formed in 1885. The city is located on South Bay of Lake Superior west of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The town was founded in 1850 when the Munising Iron Company bought land and platted the Village [MPN]. The city became home base for logging operations inland as well as on Grand Island on the opposite side of the bay. Later, the city became a producer of paper products.
The city was served for many years by the Munising Railway, which became a part of the Lake Superior & Ishpeming company which was owned by Cleveland Cliffs. Cliffs used this part of their railroad to move timber to the Marquette Iron Range for mine supports and charcoal.
When the LS&I discontinued operations between Munising Junction and Marquette, the railroad continued to run this isolated line to Munising primarily to support paper plant operations. The short line ownership then transferred to various owners and is now operated as a continuous Canadian National Railway branch line from Trout Lake to Munising via Newberry. Service is approximately three round trips per week.
During the diesel years, the LS&I assigned Alco road switcher locomotives to this branch line. Two photos below show the Alco units in operation in and around Munising.
Photo Info/Credit: Top two photos, the LS&I depot at Munising, an exterior view and an interview with the clerical staff posing for the camera. Dale unknown. [Paul Petosky collection]. Next, the old LS&I two-bay engine house at Munising in 1972. An old locomotive tender is stored on an adjacent track. [Greg Bunce]. Next, a black and white photo of the LS&I 1501 switches the Kimberly Clark plant in Munising in 1963. [Mark Andersen]. Bottom, a 1981 color photograph of the 1604 heading with loaded boxcars towards the Soo Line interchange at Munising Junction. [Greg Bunce]