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Map of Routes

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Along the Bowstring

This map shows the routes of the DSS&A at the full extent of its development. The routes were divided into three divisions:

bullet.gif (978 bytes) Mackinac Division: Sault Ste. Marie to Marquette with a significant branch to St. Ignace.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Houghton Division: Marquette to Houghton with extensions of the MRRR and H&CRR to Calumet and Lake Linden.
bullet.gif (978 bytes) Western Division: Nestoria to Duluth.

This route was often referred to as along the bowstring because of the shape of Lake Superior. That is, the north shore is arched like a bow and the south shore is straight like a bowstring. This direct route also explains the Canadian Pacific Railway's interest in acquiring a controlling interest in the DSS&A. It was a shorter route than going around the north shore. The Canadian Pacific therefore controlled both the north and south shore routes.

DSS&A Map of Routes

This map is from the J. M. Longyear Research Library at Marquette.

You can purchase a copy of a 1956 DSS&A brochure with this map on it for $3.00 from the following:

Marquette History Museum
213 N. Front Street
Marquette, MI 49855
( 906) 226-3571
cosier at

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This page, and all contents, are Copyright 1997 by John P. DuLong, Berkley, MI. Created 2 January 1997. Last modified 4 June 2006.