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« Reply #135 on: July 16, 2018, 09:05:39 AM »

An Mlive article this morning with several photos around Michigan when lumber was the major industry. 

https://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/07/vintage_lumber_camp_photos.html

I've never read anything about lumbering around Monroe County.  I'm guessing it was settled before the lumber era and they pretty much clear cut the land to be able to farm it. 

Right after WWII ended my Dad tried hauling logs in the UP north of Newberry.  His parents were there already and he actually met my Mom there so we've ended up going there my entire life. 

His Dad owned a gravel pit and they had old dump trucks but they hadn't been run much during the war.  They lifted the dump box off the truck and extended the frame and put stake pockets on it and they had a log hauler.  The biggest problem my Dad had with the truck was they couldn't buy new tires for it yet.  They had scrounged the best tires they could off the other trucks but a blowout or a flat was a very common problem.  After months of doing lots of work and not making very much money he finally gave up on logging and eventually moved to Midland and went to work for Dow Chemical.  He worked there his entire working days. 

The logger he worked for was 'Moonlight Smythe" or Schmidt.  There are books and articles written about him.
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« Reply #136 on: July 18, 2018, 09:49:22 PM »

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« Reply #138 on: August 06, 2018, 11:04:36 PM »

I don't intend to dilute the thread but couldn't help but post this tidbit on what happened to the Confederate leadership after the war........slanted opinion, but the crux of the history is there.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/553359/where-did-confederate-leaders-go-after-confederacy-was-defeated
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« Reply #139 on: August 07, 2018, 08:40:23 AM »

I don't intend to dilute the thread but couldn't help but post this tidbit on what happened to the Confederate leadership after the war........slanted opinion, but the crux of the history is there.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/553359/where-did-confederate-leaders-go-after-confederacy-was-defeated



I don't think you're diluting the thread.  Monroe County sent a lot of soldiers and a few gallant officers to the Civil War. 

I know Custer's statue on the river is meant to depict him during the Civil War but have often wondered what his statue might look like had he not been killed the way he was :-\ :-\ :-\
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« Reply #140 on: October 17, 2018, 11:12:32 AM »

The Detroit News had an article on this today too.  Not as detailed as the one from The Blade though. 

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/02/25/train-wreck-victims/80944190/

Both used Adrian as a landmark for the crash which actually happened between the small burg of Sand Creek and the even smaller burg of Seneca.  Although there are no markers at the site of the crash you can literally drive to within 100 yards of the site and it is very well referenced by the bridge over Bear Creek.

Here's an older article which was originally in the Adrian Telegram.

http://www.michiganrailroads.com/MichRRs/News/2001/WreckOfWabash.htm

And one from January of this year.  I'd guess this article is where The Blade and The News picked up on the idea for their articles.

http://www.lenconnect.com/article/20160113/NEWS/160119713


This one is actually a geocaching article that gives the precise location. 

https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC1ZWK6_the-wreck-on-the-wabash-1901?guid=46f6f9a2-a6bb-4a4f-ae86-633c01b0f89c

It mentions how after the investigation one of the corrective actions taken was to change the name of the station at Seneca because it sounded too much like Sand Creek.  Apparently their cell phones back then weren't real clear ;) ;) ;)

Map to crash site from above article:



If you drive to the site this is pretty much what you will see...

don't go in the fall if they have corn planted because then all you'll see is corn!!!



There are several other photos on this website too.

Here's a link to the Google map if you want to 'explore' the location.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Sand+Creek,+MI/@41.7979185,-84.1526948,889m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x883cf804ea91353f:0x2f684aea6c8a52fb!6m1!1e1


I have started a new thread just on the train crash as quite a bit has happened since this was originally posted!

http://monroetalks.com/forum/index.php?topic=31176.msg769114;topicseen#msg769114
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