Photo by Mike Sonnenberg. Visit this talented artist at Lost In Michigan.

Pere Cheney Cemetery. Photo by Mike Sonnenberg. Visit this talented artist at Lost In Michigan.

Pere Cheney, now just a lonely Michigan ghost town, was once a small but booming lumber town in Crawford County, west of Grayling. Pronounced “pair-a-shane-e”, the town was settled in the 1870’s when lumbermen following the railroads set up camp. Soon, the town established a school, grocery store, post office and much more. Thirty years later, the timber industry had moved on and the area didn’t offer much in the way of supporting a prosperous town. In the early 1900’s, only a handful of people were left living in Pere Cheney. It was declared a ghost town by 1918. The only remnants left of this place are some old holes in the ground where buildings once stood and the tiny cemetery.