Haywire Grade: Babbish Field Guide Series to Historical Railway Lines of Michigan
A field guide to the history of the Manistique & Lake Superior Railroad, fondly known as the “Haywire.” This short line ran in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for 40 miles between Manistique and Shingleton, helping to move the lumber from forest to mill during the lumbering boom of the early 20th Century and leading to the development of Schoolcraft County. The Haywire ran until 1968 when it was abandoned. It utilized Great Lakes Carferries to transport freight cars between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas. In 1970 it became one of the first “Rails-to-Trails” and celebrated 50 years as one in 2020.
By Byron Babbish
Paperback: 133 pages (Black and White)