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Gems of the Upper Thumb



The Thumb Town of Pinnebog

Pinnebog, Huron County

Walter Hume, “the Daniel Boone of Hume Township,” became the first settler in the area in 1844; this settlement was first called Pinnepog (Chippewa for partridge drum); but there was another Pinnepog five miles north on Saginaw Bay, so this one changed to Pinnebog (“a high sounding and dignified way of saying pine bog”), while the other one changed to Port Crescent; Arthur Heminger became the first postmaster ofpinnebog_shirt Pinnebog on April 15, 1863; the office was closed on Jan. 2, 1872, but was restored on Dec. 19, 1879; it was named from its location near the Pinnebog River. Today much of the original town is gone. However the tiny town is the northern boundary to several of the largest wind farms in the area. Pinnebog is home to the famous Heck’s Bar. Known for its Heckle burger and cool T Shirt design denoting Pinnebog as the center of the universe.


The Buck Stops Here Travelling to Michigan’s Thumb

When I was first launching ThumbWind over five years ago  I was focused on the low water levels of the Great Lakes and the emerging Wind Energy development.However my readership was pretty low. This was my first post that highlighted something neat in the Thumb. Scott’s Quick Stop is great mid-way break if your driving toward the Detroit area. Ice Cream, Gas and Ammo, it’s a unique combination that seems to work. Here is a re-visit of a 2012 post.

Forty-five minutes into our trip back to Detroit from the shoreline of the upper thumb I find a need to stop.  We’ve found a convenient, quirky place to stretch your legs enjoy an ice cream and browse semi-automatic weapons. Scott’s Quick Stop is located north of Marlette on the corner of Van Dyke (M53) and Sanilac (M46) Roads. The truck stop sports a huge parking lot and always has a steady stream of cars. The main draw outside of gassing up is their ice cream. For a couple of bucks you can get two huge scoops on a real waffle cone. While your enjoying your cone you can also browse a huge sporting goods area with guns and ammo of every type. It’s an odd combination but somehow it works.

The other unique draw of Scott’s happens during opening day of deer season. You’ll notice “The Buck Pole” on the side parking lot. During opening day hunters from all over the thumb place their buck for display and compete of prizes. There has been several record setting bucks brought in to Scotts. In 2010 an 18 point was taken near Bad Axe with an unconfirmed score of 198.

So if you’re heading up to Cheeseburger in Caseville or coming back from a day at the beach its worth pulling in to Scott’s Quick Stop if only for a quick look around.


Trump Supports the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit

It’s a crushing blow to big oil interests and anti-wind groups, but Donald Trump supports the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit, (PTC) fathered by Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley.

In a YouTube video from the Trump campaign in November 2015 a direct question was asked to Trump on where he stood with the wind energy production tax credit.

“I’m fine with it, look any form of energy we got to get away from the Mid-East. “, he responded.

Trump went on to say that wind is a problem has its very expense to build and that has oil continues to hover at $40 a barrel it’s not economic. Acknowledging this, Trump closed with, “Wind will need subsidy its going to have to have subsidy.”

The PTC looks to have bipartisan support. Iowa senator Chuck Grassley is viewed as the father of the wind industry in the United States. North American Wind reported, “When I got the bill passed in 1991, for instance, I had no idea that we’d have 31 percent of our electricity generated by wind,” the senator said, adding that this number is only expected to keep growing.

Of course the Trump isn’t keen on wind turbines when they are proposed to be placed near his golf resort in Aberdeen, Scotland.