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Port Austin’s Cartwheel Inn


The Fireside Inn near Port Austin is our go-to place for large groups of people. With it’s fantastic pizza and large open space its perfect for a family party. A couple of years ago I came across these two black and white shots for the Cartwheel Inn outside of Port Austin. It’s obviously the same building. While the establishment has expanded, I find it amazing that much of the interior has remained the same.


In the 1950’s and 60’s the Cartwheel played host to graduation, social and wedding parties. There is a post card from 1962 that shows the Cartwheel Inn almost has it looks today. In the 1970’s local lore tells that the Cartwheel was a gathering spot during the biker days of the Upper Thumb. Top bands from Detroit area would play the venue. While none of the stories are as rough as the infamous Farmers Daughter at Oak Beach they still spoke of a wild time.

If you have a memory or story of the Cartwheel Inn please let us know the story.



TBT – A Rich Haul- Harbor Beach

100 years ago today illustrations started to appear in the newspapers of Michigan’s Upper Thumb. The following was on the front page of the Harbor Beach Time January 5th 1917. Was food scarce? Coal was also in short supply causing layoffs of fisherman and the sugar beet processing plant in Mt. Clemans.