About ThumbWind

Designated as the Wind Energy Capital of the Great Lakes, Michigan’s Upper Thumb is a fascinating region of farming, renewable energy production, and tourism.

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Thumb Octagon Barn

The Thumb offers a playground of festivals, art galleries, fairs, agricultural exhibits and the ability to play on the water and the sugar sand beaches along beautiful Saginaw Bay.

Charity Island Lighthouse
Charity Island Lighthouse

Since 2009 our goal is to explore and find fun all around Michigan with a focus on the Upper Thumb.

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Cheeseburger in Caseville Parade

From Caseville’s famous Cheeseburger Festival, sailing on Saginaw Bay, discovering the art studios in Port Austin, kayaking to Turnip Rock, antiquing in Sebewaing, discovering fresh farm to table foods and marveling at expansive wind farms.

Lumbering in Caseville
Lumber run in Pigeon River Caseville

We also look back to the fascinating history and key events that shaped the area. We look for the “Best of the Thumb” and pass it on.

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14 thoughts on “About ThumbWind”

  1. Thank you for visiting my post on the Great Lakes. I’ve read with interest several of your posts.
    In spite of having lived in Windsor for 4 years, I had no idea Michigan was referred to as a “thumb”. In fact I had to pull up a map of Michigan to understand this better.
    Imagine my surprise! It really does look like a thumbs-up 🙂

  2. Hello,

    I could share my story about ThumbWind.com

    ThumbWind started as a result of the start of wind energy development in the Thumb region. Wind farm developers were signing up and locking in lease rights to just about every square inch of Michigan’s Upper Thumb and we were concerned. We feared we would see looming 20 story wind turbines everywhere including offshore. Many of my initial posts were stories about wind development. The most popular area is our wind farm map which provides detailed information on every wind farm project in Michigan.

    However, I was encouraged to expand the scope of Thumbwind and soon I was covering other local events and capturing unique places, sites and things to do in Michigan’s Upper Thumb. Readers responded positively to posts about the Cheeseburger Festival in Caseville and padding to Turnip Rock so I kept going. Today there are over 300 posts dealing with topics like art galleries near Port Austin to the wild and crazy history of the Michigan Upper Thumb region. One topic in particular, the Ora Labora colony that existed from 1862-1867 received so much attention that I created a site dedicated to its study with ora-labora.org.

    I hope to expand coverage in the future to include all of Michigan’s Saginaw Bay. I’ve been looking for contributors to expand our cope to include such great towns as Tawas and Au Gres.

    Thanks for the opportunity to tell our story. Let me know if you need anything else.

    Mike Hardy


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