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Station:  Alger, MI

Alger Depot Alger, in Arenac County, became a station on the Michigan Central Railroad when the Detroit, Bay City & Alpena railroad came to town to provide for an interchange of their line. The DBC&A became the Detroit & Mackinac railroad, which later changed their terminus to North Bay City and removed the connection.

As the photo indicates, this station had a large wager tower and standpipe next to the MC main line.  The photo also appears to show either a second standpipe or some type of semaphore signal.  Use of such standpipes for a town the size of Alger would be unusual, but may be related to the early D&M operation.  The date of the photo is not known. (The line was a manual block route so the reason for the signal is not known).