ABANDONED ROADS IN OTSELIC
Donald A. Windsor
Most of the roads that appear on early maps are still being used today, greatly improved of course. There were more roads in the past than there are now, because many were abandoned and only a few have been added.
Abandoned roads make good hiking trails, especially those that are regularly used by all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles. Some of these abandoned roads have old stone foundations alongside them. The photo shows one in the Town of Otselic. The dotted lines in the 1885 topographic map below indicate a poor road. The black squares depict residences.
On our Bullthistle Hikers trek on Sunday morning 18 September 2016, we looked for additional foundations, but could not find any. The understory foliage was too thick. We will try again during the upcoming winter, when the leaves are down.