With the eastern United States timber gone, Manistique was discovered in the 1870s and the timber rush began. Until the early 1900s, Manistique was a boomtown with sawmills, subsidiary companies, and supporting merchants and services. Once the timber was cut, the companies moved westward to find more timber and Manistique was left behind. The Chicago Lumber Company was a presence in the 1800s and constructed many buildings in Manistique. This included housing for workers and a variety of stores.