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Lachine, Michigan is in southern Long Rapids Township, Alpena County, in the northeastern Lower Peninsula.

As an unincorporated community, Lachine does not have defined boundaries, but the locality is along M-65 North, near the Green Township border. Thunder Bay River is to the west, and Morrison Creek is south of the community. Lachine is a small community, consisting of a portion of M-65 North, Lachine Street, and 1st Street, 2nd Street, 3rd Street, 4th Street, and McComb Road.

Cities and villages within twenty miles of Lachine include Hillman, Posen, and Alpena, while the unincorporated communities of Flanders, Spratt, Long Rapids, and Herron are within ten miles.

European-American settlement of the area that was to become Lachine began in 1854 when Charles Richardson, a lumberman, acquired the land from the State of Michigan. Prior to Lachine being developed as a community, some of its early settlers included the Kinsinger, Miller, and Snyder families, who came from Pennsylvania. Walter Morrison came in 1887 or 1888.

Although some of the area's early settlers farmed the land, or made maple syrup, the lumber industry was the chief attraction. Several lumber camps were set up in the Lachine area, and it wasn't uncommon for families to spend winters at the lumber camps working and clearing land that was they turned into agricultural uses.

Largely to support the lumber industry, the Detroit & Mackinac Railway established a station along its Hillman Branch in 1909 that include freight and passenger services. The railroad station was named for the Quebec home of a railroad conductor. Besides lumber, the railroad shipped maple syrup from the Andrew Sanborn Farm, just north of Lachine.

The Hotel Lachine was built near the D&M tracks in 1909, and Floyd and Sarah Stoddard opened the Stoddard Hotel in 1911. Other early businesses included the McClure Store, the Lachine Mercantile Store, and Nugent's Store, which became Gleason's Store, Sheldon't Grocery, and Lachine Grocery and Deli. The Lachine Elevator opened near the D&M tracks in 1916.

The Lachine post office opened on March 28, 1910, with Jennie Moore as postmaster. Still in operation, the post office serves most of the southern part of Long Rapids Township, most of southern Wellington Township, and portions of Green Township, Ossineke Township, and Wilson Township.

The focus of this portion of our guide is on businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, or events in Lachine, Michigan, or on the community itself.



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