Small villages dot the countryside of Michigan. This shot was taken at Bach Michigan. The Bach General Store, long since closed. Once the center of the community , these shops were a common site in the days before Walmart and Dollar General. They served as local focal point one could walk to or arrive on horseback or wagon.
Local lore tells that Bach Michigan kept its German identity and that the first English service at Bach’s St. Peter’s Lutheran Church was held in 1930. Today the village is a quaint stop on a country road that heads north to the shoreline of the Upper Thumb.
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