History presentation focuses on Boyne’s chemical and charcoal plants

Chemical Plant BC from Patrick McCleary Colllection pic 2

The Charlevoix County History Preservation Society will be presenting its History Speaker Series Program: More to Boyne City in 1902 than Just Lumbering—The Chemical & Charcoal Iron Plants.


The event will be on Monday June 4 at 7 p.m. in the Boyne District Library Lower Level Community Room at 201 East Main St. in Boyne City.

Guest Speaker, Historian Bob Morgridge, will be presenting.

At the turn of the century lumber barons recognized that uncut trees in the lumber camps and the slashing on the ground could turn a dollar.

Consequently they constructed the Boyne City Chemical Plant in 1902.

In its prime the plant’s yearly production was 2,000,000 bushels of charcoal, 500,000 pounds of acetate of lime, and 600,000 gallons of wood alcohol.

The plant shipped the charcoal across the street, where The Landings are located today, to the Charcoal Iron Plant.The charcoal was used to smelt iron ore into cast iron bars.

The plant had the capacity of producing 28,000 tons of cast iron per year.

Both industries closed with the end of the lumbering era.

Please join us as historian and author Bob Morgridge reveals the history of two industries that for 20 years played a vital part in Boyne City’s industrial history during the lumbering era.

We will also be welcoming the members of the White Family Reunion to Boyne City at this presentation.

This program is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.

For more information call Georganna at (231) 883-9867.