Ahmeek Postoffice

Keweenaw County MI

Photo by Ray Carlson January 2006
Contributed by Paul Petosky


HISTORY OF THE AHMEEK, MI POST OFFICE

by Paul E. Petosky

Ahmeek (a Chippewa Indian word meaning beaver) due to the abundance of beavers in the area at the time of its founding in 1904 by John Bosch.

Ahmeek was a station on the Mineral Range Railroad.

During the 1905-1906 time period only one railroad was in operation in Keweenaw County. The Mineral Range Railroad operated two branches in Keweenaw County. The Lake Junction to Fulton Branch ran from Lake Junction (Houghton County) to Fulton (Mohawk Post Office), a distance of 14 miles. The only intermediate stop was Allouez in Keweenaw County (11 miles).

The second branch of the Mineral Range Railroad was the Fulton to Gay Branch. This branch operated over the 14 mile stretch from Fulton (Mohawk Post Office) to Gay and were the only two stations noted at that time.

Ahmeek located in Keweenaw County, Allouez Township, established a post office on February 5, 1909 with lawyer James A. Hamilton as its first postmaster.

Postmaster that have served at the Ahmeek Post Office are listed as follows:

James A. Hamilton......February 5, 1909
Hilma A. Langdon........March 1, 1915 (Declined the offer to serve as postmaster at the village of Ahmeek)
Maurice Kenel..............December 18, 1915
Gabriel J. Chopp..........January 7, 1932 (Retired April 30, 1971 after serving 39 years as postmaster)
Verne C. Rowe.............May 1, 1971
Charles E. Ryan...........June 22, 1985
Keith D. Baratono........July 31, 1998
Carol S. Oikarinen........November 21, 1998
Pamela F. Hiltunen.......May 30, 2003
Jill M. Pettit...................August 13, 2003
JoAnn Testa................. November 29, 2003 to present

The Ahmeek, MI Post Office uses zip code 49901.

Ahmeek Postmark December 30, 1919 - Contributed by Paul Petosky


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