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Dedicated to Preserving the History of Ford River Lumber Company and the Village of Ford River, Michigan

Founded in the 1860's, Ford River Lumber Co. was created to take advantage of the vast supply of timber and the natural power furnished by the rivers found in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Lumber, ties, posts and shingles were milled and shipped to the Chicago market - rebuilding after the famous Chicago fire. By 1890, production amounted to 50,000,000 feet of lumber per season.

Great white pine trees were cut into masts and spars for ships and shipped to Liverpool, England.

Eventually the cost of bringing the logs to the mill became greater than the price received for the lumber, and operations were suspended in 1911.


Contact: Mary Ciminskie |
Page updated: May 3, 2007




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