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    and the Swamp Land Act of 1850 were acts of Congress meant to free up Indian land for new settlers and to gain access to natural resources.  The abstract of my family farm in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan begins in 1845.  At the time, the U. P. was covered in pine forest.  

    Building a railroad through the forest meant that logs could be more easily transported to other parts of the country.  The farm started out as a lumber mill with a railroad siding.  

    Northern Lower Michigan and the U. P. are dotted with ghost towns from the logging era.  The railroad got new life when the price of gas went to $4/gallon.  It also took a lot of noisy semis off US 41.

    There was an effort by the U. S. government to decommission the Menominees as a tribe about 60 years ago over their timberland.  It was voided in court.  (Thank you, ojibway for ferreting this out.)

    Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

    by arlene on Mon May 28, 2012 at 07:57:39 AM PDT

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