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Thompson Township 49854
Schoolcraft County, Michigan
Thompson Township Population: 2000(671) 1990(464) Change(207) 'Last Port of Call for the Historic Christmas Tree Ship'
There were virgin forest and plenty of timber to attract the lumber trade. by 1991, the Delta Lumbering Company was operating a mill along the shores of Lake Michigan and the village was thriving.
The township was officially established March 6, 1882 and was formed by the division of Hiawatha Township.
The Rouse Simmons was a three masted wooden schooner that was better known as 'The Christmas Tree Ship'. Captain Herman Schuenemann was looked upon very fondly in Thompson as well as the docks in Chicago where the Captain and famliy would sell the trees that were harvested in Thompson and surrounding areas. The people of Chicago looked forward to this annual tradition and those who could not afford the price were given one for free.
The Legendary Kitch-iti-kipi (Big Spring) is the largest in Michigan with over 16,000 gallons of water a minute boiling from underneath. The spring is 200 feet across and 40 fee deep with a constant temperature of 45 degrees. It is a part of the 417 area Palms Book State Park and much of the credit for developing the spring into a tourst attraction goes to John Bellaire, who directed early visitors to the spring by painting white lines around the utility poles.
For more history please see
Thompson Twp. Official Website
OTHER PLACES IN THOMPSON TOWNSHIP:BIG SPRINGS, CHERRY VALLEY, DELTA JUNCTION, LITTLE HARBOR, POINT AUX BARQUES, SOUTH MANISTIQUE, THOMPSON,
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