CLIMATE: Heavy snow fall in winter/summer is pleasant
BEST TIME TO VISIT: May-oct
I dont really know too much about this town but i do know it did exist during peak lumbering times-(late1800's early 1900's) as were many michigan ghost towns est in this time period.In have not personally explored area it is somewhere between mancelona rd and crawford co. Border- close to the banks of the manistee river. There is a state forest named deward (appropriatly) in which the old town existed. For more check the book"ghost towns of northern michigan" i dont remember authors name it is @ the otsego co. Library though.(i live in florida now but i could get some further info w/o much of a problem)
REMAINS: Suppose to be some remains of foundations possibly remains of saw mill too.
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The town's sole purpose was to
I can't tell you a lot off the top of my head, but I have more information in various places. Deward was a town as you say, that existed briefly (just over a decade) near the end of the Michigan lumbering. It basically was created for the purpose of lumbering lands formerly owned by David Ward of West Bloomfield, MI. I'm not sure of the full story behind the land and his will, but I do know that he set a time limit on which it could be commercially cut for the wood upon his passing and anything that was to be cut had to be done in that window of time. When the lumbermill was first constructed, they put his first initial and last name on the front of the building, 'D Ward' and thus everyone started calling the place 'Deward'.