Railroad: Cobbs and Mitchell

BuiltCobbs & MitchellBoyne Falls & Northeastern

Built: In 1882 five miles in Wexford and Missaukee counties.

Operated for 

Became: Boyne Falls & Northeastern, date not known.

Reference: [MRRC]

Cobbs & Mitchell locomotiveNotes

This was a 3' gauge logging railroad.

Photo Info: Cobbs & Mitchell locomotive near their Cadillac, MI mill. This was the second Shay built by Lima Machine Works in 1880. 36" gauge. [University of Michigan Bentley library collection]

Time Line

1918. July 11. Boyne Falls. Peger Skop, brakeman on the Cobbs and Mitchell railroad, slipped and fell beneath the wheels of his train while working out of Boyne Falls. One wheel passed over the middle of his body, but did not break his back or cut the flesh. He is in a serious condition, however, from internal injuries. [YEX]

According to [ITP1], Cobb & Mitchell had significant railroad operations on the northeast portion of Grand Traverse County, with connections at Cobb Junction on the GR&I Traverse City Branch, and at Mitchell Junction on the GR&I Mackinaw City branch (in Kalkaska County). [ITP1]


The following sources are utilized in this website. [SOURCE-YEAR-MMDD-PG]:

  • [AAB| = All Aboard!, by Willis Dunbar, Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids ©1969.
  • [AAN] = Alpena Argus newspaper.
  • [AARQJ] = American Association of Railroads Quiz Jr. pamphlet. © 1956
  • [AATHA] = Ann Arbor Railroad Technical and Historical Association newsletter "The Double A"
  • [AB] = Information provided at Michigan History Conference from Andrew Bailey, Port Huron, MI

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