MICHIGAN GHOST TOWN: The Lost Village of Jacktown
Residents of Jackson refer to their city as "Jacktown"....but there really WAS a Jacktown, Michigan in the early 1900's.
The only thing left of Jacktown is Bland Cemetery, out in the middle of nothing, down dirt roads within the woods off Oviat/County Line Road near Traverse City (SEE PHOTOS ABOVE TO SEE THE LOCATION).
Jacktown was built near the Empire & Southeastern Railroad that transported timber. Rumors of why the town vanished include the town's water wells drying up.....but the main reason could be once the rails stopped running in the 1920's, Jacktown went under.
Buildings and homes vanished and all that was left was a graveyard, known today as Bland Cemetery.
But how can anyone find the town?
I've attempted to locate the exact site by putting geographical details together and I think I may have found where Jacktown once stood...the photo gallery above shows you where I believe it is.
However, if you have any explorer in you, you may be able to find the foundations, basements and remains of different business buildings and houses buried within the foliage and woodsy areas. In fact, find the cemetery, head east for a short ways and you'll come across some sort of crossroads which is thought to be the town's main intersection...which is part of the old railroad that passed through Jacktown.At that intersection is a clearing which is believed to be the site of the town. Park your car and you can explore both sides of the road for any building remains.
Bland Cemetery contains the old grave markers of Jacktown residents and it's a good place to begin your exploring....think you can find the town???