Back in the 1890s, Michigan was the largest supplier of iron ore in the US. Things were booming in the Upper Peninsula. Iron ore in this part of the UP was being shipped by rail primarily to ports in Marquette and Escanaba where it could be loaded on ships and transported to destinations on the Great Lakes. Some investors came up with an idea to create another port and rail connection to compete with the existing railroads. They wanted to ship by rail to Huron Bay in Lake Superior. This is an unusual story about a railroad that was built but never used. A general overview of the area to be traversed by the new railroad. It was tough country and largely wilderness. Elevation and water issues would be difficult to overcome. I created a GPS guided day ride that explores some of the places involved in the rise and fall of this railroad. This ride report is the companion that gives some of the background information. We'll get way out in the boonies exploring some interesting places and features like this 60' deep rail cut. An old rail on ties in one of the cuts. Apart from the history, there are a number of stops to make to take in some of the natural beauty of the area. The route follows the original path of the railroad where feasible. It was a beautiful fall day in the UP so colors were bright. There is a lot of scenery to enjoy in the area. I rode this on my KTM 500. I chose that motorcycle so I could enjoy some of the very sporty winding and rolling paths that I included on the route. It could be ridden on a big bike as well. A mid-sized dual sport would be a good choice. I'll warn about one small hazard area later in the report. I rode this path alone, but it would be better to ride it with others for safety reasons. A few of these locations are very remote and without cell service. I'll post a GPX file to this report so that others can enjoy this ride. And now, on with the story . . .