The CK&S Rail Link That Never Quite Made It

As I used to drive along Portage Road past the Bryant Mill I often wondered why the old Chicago, Kalamazoo and Saginaw (CK&S) railroad spur coming from the East stopped at Southside Lumber on the east side of Portage Road. It did not cross the road and into the mill. Surely the mill would have been a considerable source of rail traffic. Twenty-five years later, Mark Worrell brought the information below to my attention. The plan in 1902 was to build into the mill from the East. The railroad company even bought land on the West side of Portage Road as shown in the map below. However, the final piece of track across Portage Road never got laid. It is not known why this was.

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Last Edited by JMW 11/18/11