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Eckerman and Eckerman Corner are in central Chippewa Township, in Chippewa County, in the eastern portion of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

As unincorporated communities, neither of them has defined borders, but Eckerman is situated in the area of M-123 and the railroad tracks, just south of the East Branch of the Tahquamenon River, while Eckerman Corner is just over a mile south of Eckerman, in the area of M-123 and M-28. They are both in the northeastern segment of the Hiawatha National Forest.

The center of the village of Newberry is 27.2 miles west of Eckerman Corner, while the city of Sault Ste. Marie is 40.2 miles to the east and St. Ignace is 41.3 miles to the south. Other nearby unincorporated communities include Strongs Corner, Strongs, Trout Lake, Raco, and Emerson.

Like many other towns in Michigan, both Eckerman and Eckerman Corner was founded by loggers in the 1880s. In 1889, Eckerman was platted and named for a Mr. Eckerman, who was a timber jobber. A post office was established in September of that year, with Carlos D. Lincoln as its first postmaster. He was succeeded by Luther Rogers in 1892.

In 1924, the E.H. Sheldon Company established a railroad line that ran eight or nine miles north from Eckerman. The logging railroad operated from 1924 to the beginning of the Great Depression but, at some point, the Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Railway established a station in Eckerman.

In 1925, the Sheldon Company sawmill burned, but was rebuilt. However, by then the logging industry was in decline and the railroads were losing out to the trucking industry as the preferred transport medium, and the Sheldon Company railroad was discontinued in the early 1930s. In 1942, the Sheldon Company sawmill burned again and was, once again, rebuilt. However, it closed for the last time in July of 1958.

I have not been able to find any information on the founding or the history of Eckerman Corner, but I suspect that it may have been founded earlier than Eckerman and that residents of Eckerman moved a mile or so north to be nearer to the railroad. This may or may not be true, but this has been a part of the history of several Michigan communities.

At any rate, online resources for topics related either to Eckerman or Eckerman Corner are appropriate for this category. Both are tiny communities, with little in the way of businesses or industries, although its proximity to the Hiawatha National Forest, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, and Lake Superior suggest that outdoor activities may bring people into town.

 

 

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