The Evolving History of Caseville in Pictures and Postcards

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 1800s thru the 1960s. They are a fascinating glimpse of the history of Caseville in pictures. It’s also amazing 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 had 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. The rise of tourism in the area was encouraged by most of the shoreline towns of the Thumb.

The Events of Caseville Today

Today, Caseville is known for its large beachfront, excellent harbor, and festivals. The Ribstock festival 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.

Caseville train depot c1900 - History of Caseville
Rare photo of Caseville Depot c1900

22 Eye-Opening Things to Do In Caseville Mi (Some Better Than the Cheeseburger Festival)

Cheeseburger Festival Ampitheater

Don’t let a rainy day cramp your fun. There is more to do then stuff your belly with cheeseburgers. If you and the kids are tired of the crowds here are 21 destinations in and near Caseville to try some alternative fun.

Things to Do in Michigan’s Upper Thumb

Caseville Harbor Viewing Sailboats

The Upper Thumb has been deemed the “Closer Up North” for Southeast Michigan and Detroit.  Sandy beaches, great fishing, parks, and some of the friendliest proprietors around.

Huron County is a great place to steal a weekend away from the “burbs” of Detroit without busting your wallet. 

Caseville Firefighters Grill For Charity

Caseville FB During Cheeseburger

Each year the Caseville Firefighter put an apron on to grill up some of the finest straight-up cheeseburgers in town. On the first Saturday of Cheeseburger in Caseville festival the firehouse is opened up to the community. The grills are fired up for cheeseburgers. For a mere $5 you can have a 1/4 pound of deliciousness. Sit down and savor it among hundreds of friends and supporters. If the weather holds, which we expect it to, the event will be packed with patrons lined down the block.

Kids get a chance to checkout the big fire trucks and equipment they use when fighting fires.

Firehouse T-shirt sales are usually available at the station during the cookout and across the street from the station. Each sale benefits community programs that the Caseville Firefighters support across the Upper Thumb.


Caseville Fire Department’s Awesome Cheeseburgers

The mission of the Caseville Area Fire Protection Association is to enhance the quality of living the community by preventing or minimizing injury and loss of life or property resulting from fire or other emergencies, natural or man-caused, that may occur within the jurisdictional boundaries of the charter township. CAFPA Stands for the Caseville Area Fire Protection Association.


Rails in the Bay - Building Railroad in Michigan's Thumb

The Railroad at the Bottom of the Bay – Caseville’s first railroad engines were delivered by the ship C.R. Dumford from Cleveland. The track out of Caseville was laid out about a mile before heavy snow stopped the work. Francis Crawford financed the railway project and the rails were shipped in from Cleveland. How they ended up in Saginaw Bay near Oak Point is still a mystery.

2019 Cheeseburger in Caseville – The 21st annual Cheeseburger in Caseville is a chance to experience a bit of Key West and NOLA atmosphere, tropical music and indulge in cheeseburgers. In prior years, officials placed estimates were that over 100,000 people visited the area during its 10-day festival. It’s a family-friendly event during the day but offers a bit of craziness that true Parrot Heads appreciate in the evening hours.

Great Lakes Water Levels

Lakes Huron-Michigan Hover Near Record Levels – Detroit District is noting that as of March 6, 2020, that all water levels in the Great Lakes are well above their long-term average. These levels project to make 2020 a record year. Updated near the first of each month.


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