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Connecting the Upper Peninsula: East to West and North to South - The Wesley Perron Railroad Collection and Others

Transportation plays a unique and vital role in Upper Michigan’s history. In the late 19th and 20th century, the Upper Peninsula presented the greatest challenges and richest rewards to people who were tough enough to build an economy and a way of life around rail lines, shipping routes, and sled trails. This site documents their successes and their failures, from the building of the first Soo Lock in 1855 to the dismantling of a $1 million rail line that never had a single train run its tracks. At this site you can take a digital tour of transportation routes, clicking on communities along the way for local history stories. This digital map is valuable to people who want to connect to historical events and their own family history.

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