Gregoryville the Ghost Town

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Gregoryville the Ghost Town

Address
Lake Linden, MI 49945
United States
Regions: Lake Linden
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Gregoryville was located opposite Lake Linden across Torch Lake in the approximate area of the current Maple Leaf Bar. Settled in 1867 by Joseph Gregory who operated the saw mill from 1867 to 1872 ...
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Gregoryville was located opposite Lake Linden across Torch Lake in the approximate area of the current Maple Leaf Bar. Settled in 1867 by Joseph Gregory who operated the saw mill from 1867 to 1872 with his partners Lewis Deschamp and Mr. Normandin.  In 1872, he bought out his partners and made many improvements to the mill including a large door, sash and blind factory.  On August 27, 1876, there was a fire that destroyed the mills causing $20,000 worth of damage.  With a temporary mill built, he had the capacity to cut 40,000 feet of lumber per day which was Calumet and Hecla's sole provider of timber.  The mills encouraged many French Canadians to immigrate to the area and Gregory was known as "The father of the French Canadians."

In 1882, a  1/2 mile race track was built to race horses for around $4,000.

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