NAME: Oskar
COUNTY: Houghton
CLIMATE: Cold, snowy winters; warm summers
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Late Spring to early Fall
COMMENTS: Oskar, in some sources also spelled Oscar, was located about 6 mi northwest of Houghton, just off the Houghton Canal Road .
REMAINS: Only the railroad embankment and some concrete foundations.
Oskar was founded in 1893 as a lumber and mill town; by the early years of the 20th century it had a population of more than 400, with the usual list of stores and public amenities; however, by the late 1920s, due to the decline in the timber industry, its population sank to fewer than 50, and the post office was closed in 1928, thus sealing its fate as a ghost town. Submitted by: Kurt Wenner