Railroad: Colfax and Big Rapids Railroad, The

The Colfax & Big Rapids railroad was a logging route which began at the Muskegon River in Mecosta County and extended 5.5 miles into the forest. It was built in 1887 and abandoned two years later. [MRL]

BuiltColfax & Big Rapids Railroad → Abandoned

Built: 1887 built 8 miles from Big Rapids to T15N-R9W

Operated for 2 years.

Became: Abandoned in 1889.

Reference: [MRRC]


Built as a 3' gauge logging railroad.




The following sources are utilized in this website. [SOURCE-YEAR-MMDD-PG]:

  • [AAB| = All Aboard!, by Willis Dunbar, Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids ©1969.
  • [AAN] = Alpena Argus newspaper.
  • [AARQJ] = American Association of Railroads Quiz Jr. pamphlet. © 1956
  • [AATHA] = Ann Arbor Railroad Technical and Historical Association newsletter "The Double A"
  • [AB] = Information provided at Michigan History Conference from Andrew Bailey, Port Huron, MI

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