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A Castle and Indian Gold in the Thumb

The Legend of Loosemore Castle

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There is a tale in some of the history papers of Michigan’s Upper Thumb that speaks of a hermit who owned a bit of land around what was called Loosemore point. Hugh Loosemore kept to himself. He collected driftwood along the beach from ships that had broken up near the point and it was plentiful. He started building what was described as a hotel-like structure along the shore. It supposedly had a ballroom and several floors. It must have reached impressive size as the locals began to call it Loosemore’s Castle.


Loosemore Point and Rock
Picture of Loosemore Point in 1959

Hugh Loosemore kept to himself. So the locals attributed all kinds thoughts of what his story was. A fugitive?, a pirate? To add to the mystery, it was widely thought that Loosemore’s property was burial site of ancient Indian Inca gold. The legend of his creation along with an Indian tale was highlighted in a 1932 book with a poem called Loosemore’s Castle.

At Loosemore’s Point, we are told,
Indians buried a pot of gold,
Pure gold by the Incas mined.
For some lucky person to find.

(Loosemore’s Point, End of the Rainbow)

A Lonely End

Sadly, local lore indicates Hugh Loosemore was found frozen to death in his large driftwood castle. However, we are unable to find any official records of Hugh Loosemore, despite being widely mentioned in antidotal histories by published researchers.


Doubtful Legend?

We have struggled to find a historical map with denoting Loosemore’s Point anywhere in Huron County. It’s mentioned in the Huron Times but with no absolute location. We are given a hint by the published stories of historian Florence McKinnon. She points to an area “three and half miles west of Port Crescent. In the Huron County Centennial book there is mention of Loosemore point and it’s story of a buried pot of gold. We are thinking that it’s today called Hat Point. Furthermore, it’s interesting to note that Loosemore Road offers a southern border of sorts for the area near Hat Point.

Hat-Point
Area Near Hat Point from Google Maps

But Hey, We Like a Good Legend

Despite the doubts we think there is a hint of truth to the saga. So, the next time you stop at Walt’s Meats, or Kreb’s Cottages or at Duggan’s Family Campground you may be only steps away from the site of a legendary driftwood castle and a fortune of buried Inca gold.


Sources

  • Pioneer history of Huron County, Michigan by Florence McKinnon Gwinn
  • Huron County: prose, poems and pictures / compiled by Chester A. Hey
  • Ancestery.com message board
  • It happened here one spring. Nelson, June
  • Featured Image – “Indian Chiefs” – Library & Archives Canada

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Mike Hardy

Author of a fun loving and event blog covering topics of the Upper Thumb of Michigan , the wind energy capital of the Great Lakes. Offering great trove of information on Wind Energy, Cheeseburger in Caseville, Saginaw Bay, Sailing.

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