Winfield Scott Gerrish
is credited with revolutionizing lumbering in the U.S. state
by building a seven-mile-long logging railroad from Lake George
to the Muskegon River
in Clare County, Michigan
in 1877. Although not the first logging railroad in the state, Gerrish's railroad was very successful. The use of rail allowed year round transportation of any size tree to the sawmills
where unpredictable rivers were previously used.