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Surrounded by the Nicolet National Forest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Sidnaw is in the central-eastern part of Duncan Township, in southern Houghton County.

In Michigan, unincorporated communities don't have legally defined boundaries, but Sidnaw is situated along M28, and centered around its intersection with Sidnaw South Road (Ontario Street). Hill Creek and Sidnaw Creek flow through the southern part of the community, and Beck Lake, Elginor Lake, Mill Lake, and some smaller bodies of water are in the northwestern part of the community.

L'Anse is the only incorporated city or village within twenty-five miles of Sidnaw. Incorporated municipalities within fifty miles include Baraga, Iron River, Caspian, Crystal Falls, Alpha, Gaastra, and Ontonagon, while the unincorporated communities of Watton, Kenton, and Covington are within ten miles.

Like many other Michigan localities, Sidnaw was founded by lumber firms harvesting white pine in the area. Sidnaw also became the location of a railroad junction of the Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Railroad and the Chicago, Milwaukee & Saint Paul Railroad (Milwaukee Road). A depot served both lines, and the crossing was protected by a simple interlocker, which was later replaced by a signal and gate system. The two railroads had a joint water tower at Sidnaw with standpipes on both roads for filling locomotives

Sidnaw was platted by Thomas Nestor in 1889, and additional plats were added by Gunlak A. Bergland and the Michigan Iron & Land Company, although Sidnaw was never incorporated as a village.

A post office was established on December 7, 1889. George Garland, the storekeeper of the store in which the post office was housed, served as the first postmaster. Although the community was, for a time, known as Hill Creek, it was later named Sidnaw, which was a corruption of the Native American word "cedenomg," which meant a place between two hills.

The Diamond Match Company harvested the area forests for many years. However, during the late 1800s and early 1900s, the village and surrounding area suffered from several significant fires.

During World War II, the town of Sidnaw was home to one of several POW camps. Originally built as a CCC camp, Camp Sidnaw housed more than two hundred and fifty German prisoners of war, the majority members of Rommel's Afrikakorps, which surrendered in 1943. According to local reports, as the US government sent limited supplies to the camp, guards were known to hunt deer with machine guns and hand grenades.

The Bergland to Sidnaw Rail Trail, known as Trail 8 in snowmobile maps, is a 43-mile trail that follows an unused railroad bed and is used as a snowmobile trail, ATV trail, and for horseback riding, mountain biking, and walking.

This portion of our web guide focuses on the locality known as Sidnaw, Michigan. Although there are few businesses or facilities, other than homes, in Sidnaw, any local businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, recreational opportunities, and informational resources are appropriate for this category.



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