Birch was a station on a spur of the old Big Bay Branch of the Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad between Marquette and Big Bay. A post office opened in 1905 and closed in 1920. It was settled around the Northern Lumber Company mill and store.
These 2 picture were posted to Facebook in the You Know you are from Marquette group by someone in either 2013 or early 2014. I do not remember who the person was. The lumber mill is from 1911 and the picture of Main St is from 1909
- Romig, Michigan Place Names
TOWN CAN BOAST OF PARK: BUT THERE IS NOT A CHURCH, SALOON OR SCHOOL IN IT. Over $100,000 Expended in Few Months in Midst of Unbroken Forest. Detroit Free Press, Nov 19, 1905
Birch, Michigan Gold'n Memories - By Betty A. Waring, 1991. Printed by Johnson Printing, Marquette; copies are (or were) available at the Thunder Bay Inn in Big Bay.