Barker Creek, Michigan

Barker Creek is a ghost town on M-72, about seven miles northwest of Kalkaska. In June 1866, William H. Bockes, a native of Medina County, Ohio and a Civil War veteran purchased land in the township near Barker Creek. After returning to Ohio to marry his wife in October, they both returned immediately to take up residence. Another early resident in the Barker Creek area was John H.F. Letherby, born in England and moved to Canada at the age of 16. He settled in section 32 near Barker Creek in October 1866.  Barker Creek was a station on the Chicago and West Michigan Railroad (now the Pere Marquette Railroad).

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