The town of Melbourne was a sawmill town along the Saginaw River between Bay City and Saginaw. It was one of the largest lumber mills in Michigan in its heyday. One of it’s most famous citizens was George “Kid” Lavigne the world lightweight boxing champion. After a devastating fire, the town was mostly destroyed and never rebuilt. The remaining buildings were moved to Zilwaukee. The complete story of the town is told in the first volume of Lost In Michigan available HERE
P.S. I went for a drive today in the early morning snowfall on a cold November day. Somehow I ended up where the old town of Melbourne once stood near this old pump shack that is slowly falling down.
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