History of Caseville in Pictures

Caseville Postcard

Pictures and Postcards do a great job of capturing a moment in time. We found these gems throughout the Internet and made the collection from the 1800’s thru the 1960s. They are fascinating glimpse of Caseville history in pictures. It’s also amazing on what has not really changed over the past 80 years. Many buildings and landmarks are still visible today.

Caseville’s history in pictures shows its transformation from lumbering to an industrial village and finally to a resort and tourist town. While the railroad was completed in 1881 delivering freight and passengers it never had the tourist appeal that Bay Port with its fine hotel and Pointe Aux Barques with its resort cottages. The Upper Thumb tourism industry got its start with the completion of M-25 around the Thumb in the 1930s. M-25 was Michigan’s first scenic highway.

Today, Caseville is known for its large beachfront, excellent harbor and its festivals. Ribstock kicks off the summer with BBQ and great country music, Cheeseburger in Caseville pays tribute to Jimmy Buffet music, grilled burgers and a chance to be a Parrothead for a week and Shanty Days offers a mid-winter blast of fun on the ice.


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Caseville IGA – The Amazing Memories of Our Grandparents Time

This was the grocery store I remember going to in Caseville when growing up. The grandparents said it was once a bowling alley with wood floors that creaked as you walked on it. We assumed that it was true because it kinda looked like one. The smell was a unique combination of boasting chicken, suntan oil, sweat, and mustiness. You had to take your empty pop bottles to the back where they traveled down a conveyor belt to the deep basement. The Caseville IGA always seemed to have everything we needed for a summer weekend at the beach or an entire week with the grandparents. While it was cramped and crowded during the season, I loved it and was sorry to see it go.

Caseville IGA

Everyone simply referred to the store as “The IGA” or “Ig-A”. Those of us who grew up in Caseville sometimes still refer to the current store as IGA and everyone knows what we are talking about.

About IGA

IGA stands for the Independent Grocers Alliance founded in 1926. This is a brand of grocery stores that operates in more than 30 countries worldwide. However, it is not a chain store. The Caseville IGA operated as a franchise but the store was owned separately from the brand. These stores are typically found in small towns and the stores are owned by families and small businesses. IGA is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

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