The Sentinal of Grindstone City – The Wallace Mill

Wallace Mill Photo 1971

The Wallace Roller Mill was built in 1887 on the shore of Lake Huron. The mill was the first in the area to diversify from grindstone quarry and milling operations.

The stone structure stands today providing four vacation condos.

History Of Pointe Aux Barques Cottage Community in Michigan’s Thumb

pointe aux barques postcard

The name Pointe Aux Barques was coined by French sailors and voyageurs in about 1760. The name literally means the point of boats, This is because the rock formations at the tip of the Thumb looked like the prow of a ship. It was also known as a hideout for sailors.

The year is 1912. An exclusive modern resort community is opened at the tip of Michigan’s thumb with direct train service from Detroit. For over 100 years it has been a resort community.