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More than 50 years of fun
 The Haywire Grade
       The Haywire Grade
Michigan DNR photo
By Doug Donnelly
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
   Loney & Margi Withey
Executive Directors
200 Deer Street Manistique, MI 49854
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Volunteers are always Welcome
Michigan’s first rail trail turned 50 years old in 2020.
Some residents who live near the Hay- wire Grade, a multi-use trail that crosses the Upper Peninsula north to south from Shingleton to Manistique, are glad the trail is getting the recognition it deserves.
“I’d say over the past four years, Michigan has truly started to recognize the signifi- cance of the Haywire,” said Gerry Reese, who has owned property near the trail for nearly 30 years and is a part of the School- craft County Motorized Trail Association, during the trail’s golden anniversary cele- bration.
The yearlong celebration of the Haywire Grade kicked off in February 2020. While the COVID-19 pandemic limited the cele- bration of the trail’s history, it’s still some- thing to be celebrated.
“There are still some residents in the area |

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