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Lewiston, Michigan

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Located in Lower Northern Michigan about 100 miles south of the Mackinac Bridge, Lewiston was named after Lewis Jenson of the M. H. Lumber company. Our town was platted, mapped, signed and sealed August 21, 1891. Shortly thereafter buildings were erected and in August 1892, the first lumber mill was in operation.

The population of the village grew to approximately 800 people. The mill employed about 300 men and had an annual payroll of $70,000. A steam generator in the large mill supplied electricity for the mill and eventually was extended to serve the business district in town.


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Lumber was stacked over the entire area between East Twin Lake and the business district. A railroad operated in Lewiston from 1892 until 1932. The lumber company had its own railroad network running through the woods and trestles running out over East Twin Lake where logs were dumped into the "hot pond." At one time Lewiston boasted five hotels and several saloons to accommodate the lumberjacks who came into town on Saturday nights. It is said the mothers kept their children carefully corralled on these wild Saturday nights. Meals were 25 cents. Lodging, supper and breakfast for one was $1.00.

In 1911 the mills closed. Houses in the area stood vacant. Many homes were moved to farms and many fell to ruin, although a few remain. Two fires, one in 1914 and another in 1916 destroyed the business district of Lewiston on both sides of the street. Lewiston began developing as a resort area around 1935. Today Lewiston supports approximately 100 businesses with a year-round population of about 1,900 and a summer tourist population of approximately 14,000.

Do you want to take a leisurely stroll down a wooded trail identifying trees, wildflowers and birds with your children -- photograph the vivid fall colors of the hardwoods, hunt mushrooms, pick berries, or take a quiet drive to see deer or elk? Do you enjoy activities such as boating, water skiing, swimming, fishing, antiquing, golfing, hunting, snowmobiling or skiing? LEWISTON offers all of this and more!

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Lewiston has a safe, clean public bathing beach, boat launching site and park on East Twin Lake. You'll find a fine 63 hole golf course and airport, excellent ski area, many snowmobile & cross country ski trails and curling club. There are a variety of stores, shops, restaurants, hotels, motels, bed and breakfast and rental cottages on most of the lakes and several area churches. In the midst of thousands of acres of State Land, open to the public. Great for deer, grouse, and rabbit hunting; for camping, hiking, bird watching, snowmobiling or just plain loafing.

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Lewiston, in the southwest corner of Montmorency county, is located on East Twin Lake (830 acres), one mile from West Twin Lake (1,318 acres). Within 15 miles are Tee, Snyder, Big and Little Bear, Avery and 30 other lakes, several trout streams, including the famous Au Sable and its North Branch. The lakes provide bass, trout, bluegill, perch, northern pike and walleye fishing. Most of them have good beaches, nearly all have public access.

Lewiston warmth and small town appeal, along with its off-the-beaten-path location, attract both vacationers and new residents. This is proven by the many who annually vacation in the area and by the former city dwellers who have come to establish businesses, or to retire and live a more relaxed life.

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