Company Towns of Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Company Towns of Michigan's Upper Peninsula

by Christian Holmes


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Company Towns of Michigan's Upper Peninsula by Christian Holmes

In the company towns of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a worker's boss did extra duty as landlord, store owner and constable. The on-site mill manager in Simmons, a town named after the furniture maker, even ran a successful baseball team. Built around iron mines and lumber concerns and directed by prominent entrepreneurs like Henry Ford, these industrial hamlets once lined the shores of Lakes Michigan and Superior. Author Christian Holmes uncovers rich stories of struggle and celebration as he explores the vestiges of these vanished communities and their lasting legacy in the identity of the Upper Peninsula.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626197428
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 06/15/2015
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,215,026
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

A former resident of Alpena and Detroit, Christian Holmes has lived in Escanaba, Michigan, since 1976. He graduated from Wayne State University, where he obtained degrees in English composition, philosophy and library science. A passion for research, writing and the history of Michigan led to his interest in company towns in the Upper Peninsula.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Introduction 11

Houghton and Keweenaw Counties 15

Ford River 25

Fayette 27

Pequaming 35

Hermansville 43

Nahma 51

Newberry 63

Emerson 65

Shelldrake 67

Blaney 69

Sauk Ste. Marie 75

Simmons 77

Fiborn 81

Gogebic County 85

Gwinn 87

Kingsford 97

Alberta 103

White Pine 107

Epilogue 113

Bibliography 117

Index 121

About the Author 123

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