I recall the following regular customers north of Baraga . . . .
Propane and lumber at Chassell
Propane south of Houghton
Newsprint for the Daily Mining Journal unloaded at the East Houghton freight house
Lumber at Hamar-Quandt
Produce at Cahodas-Paoli
Furniture and appliances unloaded at the Hancock house track
Pulpwood at the Calumet station
Lumber at Horner Flooring in Dollar Bay (don't know about any sawdust)
Pulpwood in Dollar Bay
Pulpwood in Hubbell
The Centennial Mine had shipped out many gons of copper concentrate while I was at Tech, but I think it had stopped by the time I graduated. They were loaded under the C&H bridge over the DSS&A in Calumet. A hole was cut into the bottom of the bridge and the gons were spotted below. Dump trucks backed onto the bridge and dumped their loads into the hole.
All trains originated and terminated at East Houghton. On Weekdays, Many of the cars they brought into the yard in the evening were cars destined for Nestoria in the morning. It was easier to keep the train all together rather than doing extra switching in L'Anse. If they had brought in any cars destined for Houghton and points north, they switched them out after they arrived, if they had time, otherwise, they switched them out first thing in the morning. Except for the newsprint, all customers north of Houghton were switched on Saturday. If produce for Cahodas-Paoli arrived early in the week, it may have been spotted before they left for Nestoria, but I do know that if it arrived later in the week, it sat until Saturday.
One special operating note. Horner Flooring was serviced on the way to Hubbell, it was at the end of a short branch off of the main, and it had no trailing point switches. All cars to be dropped off were cut off "on the fly". The engines would quickly accelerate toward the switch and the pin was pulled on the cars to be spotted. While the engines pulled away, the conductor quickly threw the switch and the cars, with the brakeman riding to set the brakes, rolled into the siding. Loads were pulled and brought down to the main and picked up on the way back from Hubbell.
I would say that the customers north of Baraga averaged around a dozen cars a week.
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