D & M Railroad

D & M Railroad

The D & M Railroad played a lasting and imnportant role in the development of our community and its surrounding area. The first rails were of narrow strap-iron, screwed to 2 x 4's and laid on timber flattened on the top side with the rounded bottom laying in notched crossties from five to six feet apart. The D & M had sidetracks going into dense timber areas to haul out the pine logs from the many logging camps. Many of the farms in the area today have a cleared path known as the old railroad track down which modern snowmobilers travel on their winter safaris, never giving thought to why these trails were cut. The D & M was also used as transportation from the small villages of the north to the thriving cities such as Alpena when supplies were needed, or when a family visit was desired. Many men from our area made their living working on the railroad and even with more modern forms of transportation, the rails are still necessary for hauling stone, lumber, and wood products from this area.