Moffatt Township, Michigan

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Moffatt Township is a civil township of Arenac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,121 at the 2000 census.




Moffatt Township was organized in 1874 and the community of Alger was named after Russell A. Alger almost a decade later. In 1882 to 1883, the area of Alger was created from the formation of a railroad junction along the Michigan Central Railroad.[5] This junction came from the now defunct East Tawas and Bay County Railroad out of Prescott, Michigan. It was constructed under the direction of Russell Alger who later became the 20th Governor of Michigan, and then a U.S. Secretary of War. The railroads were thriving mainly due to Michigan's lumbering boom at the time, and Alger grew to be a popular settlement with many mills, restaurants, and saloons. Two small towns named Culver and Wells existed nearby. Culver was located about a mile north and Wells was about a mile south of downtown Alger.

In 1896 the railroad from Prescott ceased operations[6] and into the early 1900s, as the timber reached depletion, the logging railroads disappeared along with businesses. Today, Wells and Culver no longer exist and Alger has slowly downsized to a small community of approximately 1,000 people.


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