To get to Agate Falls, you stop at a wayside and then walk under this engineering marvel. I was really more interested in seeing the railroad bridge than I was the falls. It was a nice path to the overlook. The rail bridge is part of an ORV trail now. This river and falls were really a river of logs back in the logging days. In fact, they touched up the falls a bit with dynamite to remove any snags that would hold up the flow of timber. An old post card of the falls. This ranger station in Bergland was built by the CCC in 1937 and was the first Ottawa National Forest HQs. Much of the land for the forest became available when the depression hit. The government got hold of the logged off and burn scarred land for back taxes. Some soil was burned sterile preventing regrowth. As I mentioned, the CCC brought much of it back. A lot of company owned towns just evaporated when the principal industry went under. I think the Diamond Match folks had a lumber town called Matchwood that went away when the company pulled out. There was no reason to go on as the houses and stores were company owned. The town of Bergland was different. The founder was wise. He stayed away from the company owned concept. Others owned their stores and houses. When something went bad, people had a reason to stay and go on to something else. There is a lot more to the Bergland story, mostly having to do with the wisdom of the founder. The town is still going strong today while surrounding communities went under. Nice scenery. At first glance I thought this was an eagle's nest. After looking more closely I am inclined to think it belongs to an Osprey. It is along 12 mile long and shallow Lake Gogebic (go-GIBbick). Time zones were the product of the railroads' need to keep time. They are kind of irregular in shape. In the UP perhaps more so. When you look at the mining/railroad operations maybe they make sense. Anyway, the county line that cuts the lake is also the Central-Eastern Time Zone demarcation. People around here like it because they can hop between two nearby taverns to celebrate New Year's twice. The ride around Lake Gogebic is pretty nice. On the west shore you can hike to a high spot that resembles an alligator's eye from a distance. At this spot, some ancients quarried to make tools thousands of years ago. Since the blackflies were in bloom, I skipped the hike. I think Gogebic is the fourth largest inland lake in Michigan and the largest in the UP. (No big deal I guess as the UP has 1700 miles of coastline - some of which is fantastic riding. ) The lake is a great walleye and perch fishery. It used to be a great bass lake before they introduced the walleye and perch. Years ago they used to run excursion boats on the lake.