The Ghost Towns of Craig & Jacobsville, Michigan
These two little Upper Peninsula ghost towns sit in the Keweenaw Bay about 13 miles southeast of Houghton.
The first one, Craig, located on the Soo Line Railroad, was named after early settler George Craig, who set up a homestead in 1883. A Craig post office began operating in 1884.
By 1887 residents were getting their mail every other week or semi-weekly. In 1893 the population was 200 and the residents were getting mail on a daily basis. Craig also had a general store and by 1905, the post office had shut down and all mail was sent to neighboring Jacobsville.
There is little else known about the ghost town of Craig, but it is believed to have been synonymous as Portage Entry.
Portage Entry was named because it was located at the mouth of the Portage River at Lake Superior. According to Michigan Place Names, Portage Entry had its own post office way before the town of Craig: from 1851-1853.
Just up the coast a few hundred feet is Jacobsville. It was founded in 1885 by John Henry Jacobs with a post office lasting from 1887-1964. Jacobsville was famous for its sandstone quarries. The red sandstone became quite popular throughout the United States and Europe, and was used for the construction of many buildings worldwide.
As far as I know, there is only one known picture of the town of Craig. This and a handful of old photos of Jacobsville are seen in the gallery below. You'd be hard-pressed to find an old map that listed Craig or Portage Entry, as the village of White City seems to overshadow them all. However, Jacobsville can be found on Google Maps.
Ghost Towns of Craig and Jacobsville
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