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Ephraim Shay was an inventor
who moved to Harbor Springs
in 1888. He invented a steam
train with powerful gears
that helped it climb steep
hills and tight turns. Logging
companies all over the world
used Shay locomotives to
haul logs from the woods to

In Harbor Springs, Shay build

his own railway and called it
the Hemlock Central. It hauled
logs but was also a passenger
train. People would pay to
take rides on the train into the
countryside for picnics.

Besides his railroad. Shay also

created a steel boat he named
the Aha and constructed an
steel house nicknamed the
Hexagon House.