- The first common carrier railroad in Alpena was the Detroit, Bay City and Alpena Railroad which entered Alpena from the south around 1886 and was built by Alger, Smith and Co. interests (a logging company).
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The first common carrier railroad in Alpena was the Detroit, Bay City and Alpena Railroad which entered Alpena from the south around 1886 and was built by Alger, Smith and Co. interests (a logging company). A second road, also owned by Alger, Smith & Co., was the Alpena and Northern Railroad, which was opened from Alpena to LaRocque on November 18, 1893 [MRRC].
Alpena was settled around 1835 and originally called Freemont but was changed by the post office to Alpena. [MPN] The first railroad communications from the south came in 1886 with the arrival of the Detroit, Bay City & Alpena. The Alpena & Northern railroad was constructed northwest into the forests around 1893 after the area became a logging center at the mouth of the Thunder Bay River.The Huron Portland Cement Company began producing cement from the region's large limestone deposits in 1907.
Railroad: Boyne City, Gaylord and Alpena Railroad Company The Boyne City, Gaylord & Alpena was a successor to the Boyne City & South Eastern railroad. The line was built in 1893 by the White family lumber interests east from Boyne City into the forest and a connection with the Grand Rapids & Indiana at Moore near Boyne Falls.
The railroad was ultimately built north to Alpena (and to Alger forest interests in Presque Isle and Montmorency counties) and connected on the south with the Michigan Central at a junction called "Alger" which was in northwest Arenac County just north of Standish in 1883. This turned out to be an undesirable connection with the Michigan ...
Railroad: Lake State Railway. The Lake State Railway purchased the railroad lines of the Detroit & Mackinac railway in 1992. This included both the line to Alpena as well as the former Michigan Central line to Cheboygan. Some of this operation was on state-owned trackage from Linwood to Saling, just. south of Gaylord.