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West Branch, Michigan

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West Branch, Michigan

West Branch, Michigan

West Branch, Michigan


 

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Ken Huisjen

West Branch, the county seat of Ogemaw County, is located at the junction of M-55 and M-30 in Michiganís northeast Lower Peninsula.

This town was given its name from its location on the west branch of the Rifle River. It began in the early 1870ís when the Jackson, Lansing & Saginaw Railroad built a line to the area for transporting lumber. It was given a post office in 1873 and organized as a village in 1885. It later reorganized as a city in 1905.

Since then, West Branch has experienced steady growth, with a diverse economy supported by tourism, small businesses and various production facilities, such as machinery, lumber processing and auto industry related products. The downtown area contains many unique shops and restaurants, and demonstrates a strong community spirit in its careful preservation of many its turn-of-the-century style buildings and architecture.

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