The roll of the dice, the whirl of a slot machine, the buzz of the win – this is the allure of Michigan’s casinos. Explore the captivating history of Michigan’s land-based and online casinos, tracing the journey from their tribal beginnings to the digital gaming powerhouses they are today.
Point of Pines Hotel and Summer Resort operated in Port Austin Michigan from 1898 until about 1935. Mary Buttars ran the resort until her death in 1911.
Archives of Michigan is now in possession of a collection of Ora Labora letters written in English and Old German by Emil and Bertha Baur and other family members. They were found in Cincinnati in 1974 and sent to the Historical Society of Michigan in 2018. They are in process of being prepared for availability online
Charles Lindbergh’s 20-month-old son was kidnapped on March 1, 1932. The news shocked and gripped the entire nation, with updates occurring almost every week in newspapers, including the Harbor Beach Times in Michigan’s Upper Thumb
Historian and writer Mark Putman explores ten unique Native American words that derive place names in Michigan. A fascinating history of our evolving language.
Henry Schoolcraft was asked to join an expedition organized by Governor Cass of Michigan in 1819. Its purpose was to locate the source of the Mississippi River’ and explore the Great Lakes region. As an expert mineralogist, he was tasked with describing Michigan’s significant topographical features, natural history, and mineral wealth. The expedition took approximately 40 men in five long voyageur canoes commonly used in the fur trade on the Great Lakes. At 35 feet long and 6 feet wide, the canoe had an amazing capacity of four tons. They started the journey on May 24, 1820.
An M-25 Road Trip is taken around Michigan’s Thumb months prior to World War II. The tourism industry is still recovering from the Great Depression and paving M25 was just completed making it Michigan’s 1st Scenic Highway.
This folksy article was from the Huron Times in 1940.
The first major highways were based on trails Native Americans has used for centuries throughout Michigan.
Here are four tidbits about those trails in Michigan’s Upper Thumb.