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History Column 340 A Ghost Amongst Ghost Towns Dave Petersen Today we are taking a look at a new local history publication, this one is about the old Village of Lincoln that existed on the banks of the Lincoln River. This 111 page book was compiled by James F. Fay from his collections and information gleaned over the years and comes at a perfect time to coincide with the Sesquicentennial of Hamlin Township. Little Sable Village as it was first called was primarily on the north side of the river, and is now part of Hamlin Township. Some buildings were located on the south side in what is now Pere Marquette Township but all of the original Village is located within the current boundries of Epworth. We'll take some excerpts out of the book to give you a glimpse into a rare and interesting history of early Mason County history. Thanks to Jim Fay for bringing these rare glimpses and forgotten stories back nto the light for our enjoyment. Books may be purchased from the author and other retail locations in the Ludington area. If you have photographs to share with our readers please contact me at 757-3240, e-mail to davep@blackcreekpress.com, or mail in care of the Ludington Daily News, P.O. Box 340, Ludington, MI, 49431 Pic1 "In 1847 he (Charles Mears) purchased land in Mason County in what would become the Lincoln area. He built a log house and a blacksmith shop and started a dam on the river in 1849. The dam was not completed until 1851 when he built a sawmill there." Pic2 "Main buildings and residential homes can be seen along with the road to Hamlin which travels north of town and then west towards Lake Michigan." Pic3 "Standing on the bridge at Lincoln and looking south on the right would be the Siding and Grist Mill combined into one large tow story frame building. The Siding Mill was located to the south of the Grist Mill. These mills were powered by a water wheel which turned a turbine generating the power needed to operate the mills. The dam was to the north of the Grist Mill." Pic4 "A woman fishing on the south side of Lincoln River with the Village of Lincoln in the background. Photo taken in the mid 1880's." "The boarding house at Lincoln was substantially built (seen in the background to the left) It was three stories high with a full basement." Pic5 During 1869-71 a large steam mill was built on the south side of the dam , east of the road to Ludington." "A rare view of the Grist and siding mills in Lincoln. The photo was taken sometime after the dam washed out in 1883. The view is looking north across the river with the General Store in the background." Pic6 (In this view)"The old Lincoln Village Cemetery is on the south side of Lincoln River looking north. Center left is the old school house on the hill next to the road to Hamlin Lake."

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