Company Towns of Michigan's Upper Peninsula


In the company towns of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a worker's boss did extra duty as landlord, store owner and constable.  The on-site mill manager in Simmons, a town named after the furniture maker, even ran a successful baseball team.  Built around iron mines and lumber concerns and directed by prominent entrepreneurs like Henry Ford, these industrial hamlets once lined the shores of Lakes Michigan and Superior.  Author Christian Holmes uncovers rich stories of struggle and celebration as he explores the vestiges of these vanished communities and their lasting legacy in the identity of the Upper Peninsula.