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The little city in the thumb that calls it self the perch capital of the world

Huron’s Drive-In Theaters

It’s widely recognized that the first drive in was Hollingshead’s drive-in opened in New Jersey June 6, 1933. It offered viewing for up to 400 vehicles and a 40 by 50 foot screen. The owner advertised his drive-in theater with the slogan, “The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the children are.” The facility only operated three years, but during that time the concept caught on in other states.

Blue Sky Drive In Caseville Michigan

The drive-in’s peak popularity came in the late 1950s and early 1960s, particularly in rural areas, with some 4,000 drive-ins spread across the United States. Huron County is recorded in having two drive-in’s, the Blue Sky between Caseville and Pinnebog and the M-53 near Bad Axe.


The Blue Sky operated from 1950 – 1977. Surrounded by farmland it offered summer nighttime movies for 300. Faced with decline in attendance the drive in showed “blue films” in the 1970’s. Remains of this theater were evident until about 2010 when land owners removed the last of the speaker stands and cement footings.


M-53 opened in 1953 and ran until 1988. Located just west of town, its 400 spaces drew folks from all over the county.

Today there are no drive-ins in the Upper Thumb. The nearest one is the Hi-Way Drive In in Sandusky. The Hi-Way is considered the oldest continuous running drive-in in Michigan.


Caseville’s 25th Shanty Days February 17-19

It’s Shanty Days Silver Anniversary!

The middle of winter is celebrated and imbibed in the cold of February off the shores of the frozen Saginaw Bay. Caseville’s annual Shanty Days Festival kicks off the 2017 year of fun in Key North. 

Shanty Days PostponedDon’t be left out in the cold. The 2017 Shanty Days in Caseville promises to be eventful even if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Events are all weekend long at the Saginaw Bay Marina and the Caseville County Park including the popular Polar Bear dip cut from a hole in the ice at the marina. Two years ago the 2015 Caseville Shanty Days Sharnty Days 2015theme was “Let’s Get Flaky” which proved to be fun and  matched with some of the crazy events over the three blustery days. 2015 was also the first time that the iconic event was postponed for a week due to sub-zero temperatures and blizzard conditions.

2017 Shanty Days Highlights

Friday Feb 17 – Caseville Eagles Open to the Public Located Behind Caseville True Value

  • Fish Fry –  Burgers, fish & additional menu items 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Karaoke 7 p.m.

Saturday Feb 18 – At Caseville Resort & Marina Events start at 11am and run all afternoon.

  • Broom Ball competition
  • Human Bowling
  • Chick On A Stick 3 person race, 2 guys carry their gal.
  • Winter Cardboard Sled Race – 2 person race.
  • Build your sled out of cardboard & duct tape.
  • Polar Bear Dip

Sunday Feb 19 – Kids Day at Caseville Resort & Marina and Caseville Eagles. Various events for youth


We will update this post and re-publish as information trickles in. Stay tuned.


The Legend of the Caseville Grave Robbers

The following is an excerpt from the Book “History of Caseville: biographies and legends” by Mary Cobb Langley and published in 1960. One story outlines a notorious crime that took place about 1870. At the time Caseville was a boom town as it was starting the transition from lumbering to supporting a growing farming community.  In the late 1800’s grave robbing was a common crime as the demand by medical schools for cadavers made for a quick albeit dirty profit.  See Grave Robbers Worked for Science and Themselves for more detail.

The Caseville Grave Robbers

Dr. S.J. Henderson operated a drug store in connection with his medical practice. This small, one story building had a cellar underneath sided with logs and a foot and a half of new saw dust on the floor. This building was located between the GAR Civil War Monument and Russell LeBlanc’s gift shop. The at that time the place was an apothecary he employed and a girl helper. This morning in particular the girl had occasion to go into the cellar.

Ora Labora GraveShe came up screaming about a man in the cellar. Her face was livid with fright. Several men ran up to her and inquired what she was screaming about. Shaken she said that there was a man hiding in the sawdust and she saw his feet sticking out. Well the fellows went down with the intent tan the hide off the culprit. But they too came back up in a flurry of excitement calling for the town constable. Upon investigation they discovered a man alright, but he harmless and very dead. In fact, had been buried the day before as some of them had attended his funeral.

The mystery deepened  as some unknown person had dug up the man from the grave, removed his burial clothing and hid it in the saw dust in the cellar of Henderson’s drug store. The sawdust had fallen away from the bare feet and this was what the girl saw. “Grave robbers have been at work here”, said the town constable, Horrors! Creepy thoughts and fear walked the streets of Caseville. The cemetery was searched and three empty coffins were found from recent burials. Stories started coming to light The man coming past the grave yard on his way home at night had heard voices and what sounded like the clink a shovel on a stone, but didn’t tell it to anyone for fear of being laughed at.

The newlyweds a Mr. and Mrs. Meyers, living near Ora Labora just Ora Labora Gravestonenorth of Bay Port. The young wife was up at 2 0’clock one morning, hearing a rig coming on the rough ground. She looked out into bright moonlight and noted a madly racing team driven by a man playing a whip over the horses backs. From his seat on the buck and rolling around on the of the buck board, head hanging over the open tail board, was the body of a man. Awaking her husband and telling him about the weird sight, she got nothing but a laugh and a “Oh, come on back to bed honey, that’s just taking a drunk home.”

This story proved the gang was at work in the Bay Port and Sebewaing vicinity. Through the combined efforts of the three, these miserable creatures were caught. Three men were in the work. They confessed to stealing the one man on recent burials. The bodies were taken the night after the funeral, stripped, wrapped in canvas, and taken has fast as horses could travel to Saginaw. There, the gruesome cargo was put on a train and shipped to a medical school. The school paid these men well. There was no train service in Caseville at this time. How they bemoaned the unkind fate that made one of the horses go lame and unfit to travel that night. They were severely punished and that ended the grave robbing.

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