The Great Lakes Bay Region of Michigan is a vibrant and beautiful area filled with small towns, picturesque lakeshores, thick woods, and beautiful agrarian scenery. Yet, this area is often overlooked and its rich history remains untold. A team of over 40 local writers, app developers, and GIS professionals have come together to change this narrative. Through a state-funded effort, they are creating a series of city narratives, tours, story maps, and photos showcasing the key role this area played in creating Michigan. This project, modeled on 1930s Works Project Administration (WPA) efforts, seeks to unearth hidden gems and untold stories of Bay City, Mid-Michigan, Flint, and the Thumb.
This is a heartening story of a young businesswoman’s 2 year personal journey of starting a microblading business in Saginaw, Michigan, during the Covid pandemic.
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.
In 1831, two 26-year-old, French aristocrats, Alexis De Tocqueville, and Gustave de Beaumont, decided to strike out, in what today’s terms, would be the ultimate road trip. Namely, traveling overland from Detroit, to the last “white” settlement in the Northwest Territories, to Saginaw Michigan.
Michigan Indian Place Names are important historical records of the Saginaw Valley and Upper Thumb, we have found this brief sketch about the original names from the Anishinaabeg to several places and rivers and discovered their meaning.