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Although unincorporated, the village of Chassell, Michigan is the largest community in Chassell Township, in Houghton County, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The community is an elongated area along US Highway 41, from the point where the Pike River empties into Pike Bay in the southwestern part of Portage Lake, north US-41's intersection with Sajdak Road. The unincorporated community of Portage Entry is 5.8 miles southeast of Chassell, while Klingville is 6.3 miles south-southeast, Houghton is 8.2 miles north, South Range is 8.3 miles northwest, and Baraga is 20.2 miles to the south.

Saint Mary's Canal and Land Company acquired the land that was to become Chassell in 1855. In 1867, John Chassell acquired land from St. Mary's, on which he built a farm. In 1865, and is acknowledged as the founder of the community that would later bear his name. Chassell was instrumental in founding the First National Bank of Houghton. He served as the first Cashier for the bank, and was a founding member of the Houghton County Historical Society and Mining Institute.

The community that was formed along the lower western banks of Portage Lake was first known as Pike's Bay, and later renamed Robinson, for Orrin Robinson, the manager of the Sturgeon River Lumber Company, who purchased Chassell's land in 1881. Robinson was also part-owner of the Sturgeon River Boom Company, which was organized in 1875 to dig a canal to bring logs from the Sturgeon River to Pike Bay.

The Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railway extended its track to Chassell, adding a train stop there in the late 1880s, and a post office was established on February 2, 1888, and named for the community's founder, John Chassell, as there was another post office with the name Robinson. William Johnson was the first postmaster.

Chassell Township School is a K-12 public school district in Chassell. It replaced the original 1912 high school building and 1917 elementary school building, both of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Chassell School Complex.

The focus of this guide is on the community of Chassell, Michigan, including online resources representing any individuals, businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, and events within the community.

 

 

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