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West Branch Originally called Springvale, the City of West Branch was eventually renamed to reflect its location – on the west branch of the Rifle River. West Branch had its beginnings in the early 1870s when the Jackson, Lansing and Saginaw Railroad built a line to the area for transporting lumber. In 1873 the City was given a US Post Office. By 1874 the area had added a school, hotel, house, train depot, and a doctor and lawyer. The hotel, originally called the Weidmans and Wright Hotel was renamed the West Branch Hotel. Also in 1874 Edward Washington opened a general store. It was in his honor that Houghton Avenue was called Washington Avenue for a time. By 1884 the village included several stores, a bank, mill, and newspaper.
West Branch was formally organized as a village in 1885 and was reorganized as a fourth-class city in 1905. By 1920, there were 1,105 people living in the City of West Branch.
The city of West Branch is located at the junction of M-55 and M-30 in Ogemaw County and is the largest city in the county. It is the county seat and encompasses approximately 1.3 square miles. The northern edge of the City is bounded by Willow St. Court St. runs along the western city limits, and Fairview along the east. The southern boundaries are irregular.
Interstate 75 Business Loop (BL I-75) runs east-west through the center of West Branch on M-55 (Houghton Ave). The loop uses a portion of the former M-76 and the current M-55. M-30 (Court St.) runs along the western border of the City, north-south. Two I-75 interchanges provide access to the City of West Branch, Exits 212 and 215. We’re looking for help! No Experience needed, basic computer skills only. Contact Us
Great news for business owners located in the Tanger Outlet Mall. The Remaining stores will re-open on Wednesday March 12, 2014 @ 9am. Construction will begin once the demolition is completed on the damaged end, to restore the building and the two stores.
Monday workers were still tearing down the damaged parts of the mall. At this time the rest of the Mall remains closed. Click images above to enlarge.
” We will re-open the Center when local officials and structural engineers designate the buildings safe for our customers, tenants, and employees…and not a moment sooner. Thank you all for your support and prayers. We appreciate you all very much.” Vicki Seltz Barnes
Workers started Monday afternoon with the process of removing the snow from the roof of the Tanger Mall, using a cranes fitted with clam shells to scoop it up. From the looks of it the operators were running the crane via a man lift high above the rooftop in order to see over the […]