MICHIGAN SHADOW TOWN: Champion, in Marquette County
The U.P. town of Champion lies in Champion Township within Marquette County. It began as an iron mining town in the mid-1800's, with a post office established in 1869. Champion was also a railway stop, and the post office is still in operation.
These days, you can see part of the original old downtown, juts north of the railroad track, featuring Higley's Saloon, a great old saloon and an awesome photo op.
There are establishments scattered throughout the village: churches, school, a few businesses, abandoned miner's houses, and other interesting structures.
Champion is a terrific drive-thru on your Michigan roadtrip. There is a country store to load up on road munchies, so take advantage when you're there!