Back in the 90's a paper company--don't remember which one--considered building a large mill north of Baraga. Keweenaw Bay maybe? There was lots of public opposition and nothing came of it. I'm sure they expected rail service to be restored somehow, but I don't think there was any specific plan for how it would be done.
An advantage of this location was said to be a large supply of puplwood nearby. When Wisconsin Central considered resuming service to the Houghton area about the same time, they also cited the area's pulpwood as a source of traffic. Now, however, the paper industry in Wisconsin and the UP seems to be contracting. The result, apparently, of declining demand for paper. Sales of magazines and books are down, iPads and Kindles taking their place.
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