Schoolcraft County
City of Manistique
Soo Line Railroad
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Original Soo Line Railroad Depot in Manistique - Photo contributed by Marilyn Fischer
 
     The Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad (Soo Line) reached Manistique in 1888.  The advent of the railroad greatly increased the speed of transportation to communities near and far.
 
 
 
The current depot in Manistique built in 1921 - Photo contributed by Paul Petosky
 
    The Soo Line thrived for fifty years until entering into receivership in 1938.  The Soo Line returned to business in the 1940s but has had several changes in ownership since that time.  Passenger service was eventually discontinued and now only carries freight.
 
 
 
Soo Line Section Crew in Manistique circa 1910s - L. Peterson Photo
 
     Theodore S. Caffey Sr. (standing far left) was employed with the Soo Line railroad as Extra Gang and Section foreman from 1890 until his retirement in September of 1937.
 
 
 
The Soo Line Section Crew (T.S. Caffey Sr. seated in doorway on right) - L. Peterson collection