Ogemaw Springs - West Branch, MI
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bobfrapples8
N 44° 18.224 W 084° 17.380
16T E 716189 N 4909181
Quick Description: A natural spring that fed the community and the nearby train line.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 12/29/2021 8:10:56 PM
Waymark Code: WM15FWH
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Clan Riffster
Views: 2

Long Description:
From the State of Michigan Historical Marker:

Ogemaw Springs is the oldest village in Ogemaw County. The spring that gives the town its name provided the sole supply of water for early settlers. It also supplied water for the boilers of the railroad steam engines that served the area’s lumber industry. In 1888 the local Board of Health sought to protect the springs with an ordinance against the placing of “any rubbish or unclean thing within the spring.”

The arrival in Ogemaw Springs of the Jackson, Lansing and Saginaw Railroad in 1872 opened up the region’s rich timber resources. By 1873 two hundred people lived in the growing community that included several saw mills, a post office and a grocery. In 1875 Ogemaw Springs nearly became the county seat, losing to West Branch by only one vote. In the 1890s the depletion of timber in the area led to the town’s decline.

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Public or Private Land?: Public

Public Land Fees?: 0

Private Land access?: N/A

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Please post an original picture of the springs no GPS necessary along with your observations of the spring. What wildlife you saw if any and the condition of the springs. Water level was high, low. The area was clean, trashy ect. Any other knowledge or experiences you have had with this paticular spring that would help document it's history.
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