Flint & Pere Marquette RR
Exact Location:
Lake County- Just north of 76th St. the trail uses the rail bed for over a half mile
route of Flint & Pere Marquette RR
Flint & Pere Marquette RR lines in yellow, approximate NCT route in blue (derivitive of Lake County historic Railroad Map)

The Flint & Pere Marquette Railway was formed in 1857 with the goal of connecting Flint with Ludington. The line was completed in 1874, with much rivalry between competing lumber barons. Eber Brock Ward (Ward Hills) was an early president of the company. When James Ludington refused to sell land for the western terminal, Ward accused him of illegally cutting timber. Ludington lost in court and was finacially ruined.

The first cross-lake (Michigan) rail ferries were established on this line from Ludington to Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Flint Pere Marquette RR right of way
Flint & Pere Marquette RR right of way, now NCT (photo by jhy)
For over half a mile, the trail now follows one of the branch lines of the F&PM just north of 76th Street.

In 1879, the F&PM went into receivership, and was consolidated with other lines that eventually became the Pere Marquette Railroad.

Also see:
Ward Hills

Ludington Daily News, column by Sandi Malburg, Nov 20, 2019
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