PO Box 195
Channing, MI 49815
Sagola Township, Built by the Past, on Track for
Sagola Township is a civil township of Dickinson County in the U.S.
state of Michigan. The population was 1,106 at the 2010 census.
Channing, Floodwood, Randville, and Sagola are in Sagola Township.
Channing is on M-95 about 24 miles north of Iron Mountain. It began
as a railroad junction called "Ford Siding". In 1892, a post office was
established named Channing, after John Parke Channing, a mining
engineer who surveyed the area. The post office continues to serve
ZIP code 49815.
Floodwood is on M-95 about five miles north of Channing and two
miles south of the Marquette County boundary. It began as a lumber
settlement on the Milwaukee and Northern Railroad. A post office was
in operation there from 1887 until 1905.
Randville is on M-95 about 14 miles north of Iron Mountain. It is just
south of the junction with M-69. The mining settlement formed
because of the nearby Groveland Mine. It was a station on the
Milwaukee and Northern Railroad in 1880 and a post office was in
operation there from 1891 until 1932.
Sagola is on M-95 at the junction where M-69 branches off to the west.
Crystal Falls is 13 miles west on M-69. M-69 runs concurrently with M-
95 south of town about six miles to just north of Randville. Sagola was
formed, when in about 1885, five Chicago men formed the Sagola
Lumber Company to harvest pine timber in the area. The name was
derived from the local Indian word for "welcome". A post office was
first established there in 1889, and continues today to serve ZIP code
Much of the township is the Copper Country State Forest. The
northwest portion is drained by the Michigamme River. A small
portion of the northeast is drained by tributaries of the Escanaba
River. The central portion is drained by the Ford River, and the south
by the Sturgeon River. According to the United States Census Bureau,
the township has a total area of 162.8 square miles, of which, 160.3
square miles of it is land and 2.5 square miles of it (1.55%) is water.