Station: Au Sable, MI

Au Sable was settled in the 1840's as a fishing and lumber town in northeast Iosco County along Lake Huron. It became a village in 1872 and a city in 1889. The town was burned in 1911 by a forest fire and rebuilt. It surrendered its charter in 1931. [MPN]

Au Sable was the lake terminal of the Au Sable and Northwestern railroad which was primarily a forest logging route with many branch lines into Alcona, Oscoda, Ogemaw and Montmorency counties. That road came under Detroit & Mackinac railroad ownership about 1912 and the last lines were abandoned at the beginning of the depression.

The Detroit & Mackinac (now Lake States railway) ran its main line north and south through here and had a station located here.


July, 1911: Due to a major forest fire which destroyed both Au Sable and Oscoda, the D&M railway got around the towns by running on an old lumber spur, arriving at Alpena around midnight. Flames were running a hundred feet in the air, declared the passengers, and the intense heat scorched the sides of the train and cracked the windows. A special train carrying fie apparatus from Bay City to Alpena i response to a call for help from that City, jumped the track in trying to pass around the two towns and was held until nearly midnight before the track was repaired. [LSJ-1911-0711]


Industry

Au Sable Car Works - (1906 → xxxx) - manufactures railroad cars. Owned by H.M. Loud's Sons Company. [AML-1/13/1906]