A 1907 Map of Otter Lake, Michigan

Today, I would like to share this 1907 Plat map of Otter Lake, Michigan. It is part of a larger map from the 1907 Standard Atlas of Genesee County Michigan published by Geo. A. Ogle and Co. I bought the page that the Otter Lake portion is on. I hoped that because of some of the land owners are identified that maybe my great-grandfather, William E. McCormack, would also be identified. As you can see, unless you were a large land owner, you weren’t identified.

1906 Plat map of Otter Lake, Michigan

1907 Plat map of Otter Lake, Michigan

I did however mark the land parcel that William owned with a green dot. It is at the corner of Benson Avenue and Detroit Street. From my trips up to Otter Lake when I lived in Michigan and stories about the time that my dad spent growing up there, I knew that at one time there had been a railroad track that went behind the McCormack house. What I learned from this map, is that there were three spur tracks that also went behind the house. That I didn’t know or at least I don’t remember anyone ever saying anything about these spur tracks. I took some measurements using the stated scale of 400 ft to one inch and figured out that the closest spur track was only 150 feet from Detroit Street and probably 125 feet from the house.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you learned something!


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