A MICHIGAN SEMI-GHOST TOWN: Amble, in Montcalm County
I happened to stumble on this little town by accident - the small village of Amble, located in Winfield Township in Montcalm County on M-46.
The town was platted on July 8, 1886, with a post office established the following year with Sam Crandall as its first postmaster (closed on December 31, 1953).
Named after Reverend Ole Amble of the Danish Lutheran Church, Amble was created not only as a postal service, but also as a railroad stop along the Detroit, Grand Rapids and Western Railroad (later called the Pere Marquette Railroad). As a railroad stop, it brought a nice amount of travelers who stopped to visit, with some settling in the area.
By 1907, Amble had a population of 100.
At Amble's peak, it had a blacksmith, church, cider mill, creamery, depot, feed mill, two general stores, two hotels, a few lumber outlets, post office, produce store, real estate company, saw mill, and tavern. All are gone except for the church.
These days, there are no traces of former railroad tracks. Many former tracks are visible by an overgrown path, trail, etc. but there is no visible sign of RR tracks, even on satellite maps.
There are still a few old structures to see and a good handful of residents are in the community, so be respectful when you ramble thru Amble. Take some photos when you do!