Nothing remains today of the old town of Frost in Thomas Township, on the Swan Creek at the intersection of Frost and Lone roads, a mile and a half west of the Tittibawassee River. in the late 1800’s Frost was a thriving community with several stores a blacksmith shop and a post office. Looking at the old plot maps, it shows a J.S. Frost as a land owner, and I can only assume that is where the name of the town came from. John Shepherd, a local storekeeper, became the first postmaster in April of 1880. The post office eventually closed in 1907.
Since the town was located on the Swan Creek, I am thinking it started as a lumberjack town floating logs down to the Tittibawassee river. After the timber was gone it became an agricultural town. The railroad ran from Saginaw to Alma along what is now M46 and towns like Paines ( which you can see my post HERE) got a train station, and the towns like Frost were bypassed by the railroad and slowly died off without having the prosperity the railroad brings.
I took a trip out to where Frost Road crosses the Swan Creek, and near there, on Lone Road, stands a magnificent green barn. It was probably built after the town was gone, but it’s what I found when I went there.
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