Traveling Michigan's Thumb: Exploring a Shoreline of Small Pleasures and Unexpected Treasures

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Michigan's Thumb remains its undiscovered jewel. Leave behind the four and six lane highways, the deadlines, the pressures of everyday life and prepare to relax. With the majestic Lake Huron shoreline as your map and this insider's guide showing you where to stop along the way, you are in for a day, a weekend, or a summer's worth of enjoyment.

This guide also provides a fascinating history of the Thumb - its triumphs and its tragedies. Do not forget to pull off every little ...

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Overview

Michigan's Thumb remains its undiscovered jewel. Leave behind the four and six lane highways, the deadlines, the pressures of everyday life and prepare to relax. With the majestic Lake Huron shoreline as your map and this insider's guide showing you where to stop along the way, you are in for a day, a weekend, or a summer's worth of enjoyment.

This guide also provides a fascinating history of the Thumb - its triumphs and its tragedies. Do not forget to pull off every little while to savor the journey. You will find: Sandy swimming beaches, Pleasant parks and harbors for relaxing and viewing freighters or other marine activity, Special events like Caseville's Cheeseburger Festival, The Antique Yard Sale Trail, Bayport Fish Festival, Concerts in the Park, and Art Festivals, Fresh Lake Perch or Walleye dinners at one of many fine restaurants, Interesting museums and galleries, Shopping in quaint little villages like Lexington or antiquing at the Marine City Antiques Market, Great B&Bs, Hiking, boating, diving, water skiing, camping, fishing, and so much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933272108
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2008
  • Pages: 251
  • Sales rank: 1,434,574
  • Product dimensions: 6.49 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents


Overview     ix
Acknowledgements     xi
Part 1     1
Map of the Thumb Route     2
Introduction to Informational Listings     3
The St. Clair River     3
New Baltimore (Also includes Anchor Bay and Fair Haven)     5
Algonac     8
Harsens Island     12
Walpole Island, Canada     13
Wallaceburg, Canada     13
Marine City     15
Sombra, Ontario, Canada     22
Mooretown     25
St. Clair     27
Marysville     33
Map of Port Huron and Sarnia     36
Port Huron/Fort Gratiot     38
Sarnia/Point Edward, Canada     61
Lakeport (Also includes Burtchville Township)     77
Lexington     80
Croswell     93
Port Sanilac     97
Forester     106
Forestville     108
Harbor Beach     109
Port Hope     117
Huron City     121
Grindstone City     121
Grindstone City     123
Port Austin     126
The Farm Restaurant's Three Onion Soup Recipe     136
The Farm Restaurant's Tuscany Style Tomato Soup Recipe     137
Caseville     138
After Caseville     147
Bay Port (Continuing Down the West Coast)     150
Sebewaing     153
Kinde (Traveling the Center of the Thumb)     156
Bad Axe     159
Gagetown     165
Petroglyphs Of Sanilac County     166
Part 2     169
Introduction to Part Two     170
About Lake Huron     171
Native Americans In The Thumb     176
Earliest Man     177
The Chippewa or Ojibwe     177
The Ottawa or Odawa     179
The Pottawatomie or Bodewadmi     179
The Sauk and the Fox     180
The Huron     180
The Petroglyphs of Sanilac County     181
What Lies Beneath?     182
Underwater Preserve     182
Map of Lake Huron Shipwrecks     183
The Drowned Forest     187
A Few Monsters to Stir Your Imagination     188
Walking The Beach     190
Petoskey Stones     191
Pudding Stones     192
Shale, Slate, and Skipping Stones      193
Driftwood     194
Beach Glass     194
Beacons Lighting the Way     195
Old South Channel Range Lights     195
Peche Island Rear Range Lighthouse     196
The Huron Lightship     196
Fort Gratiot Lighthouse     197
Port Sanilac Lighthouse     198
Harbor Beach Breakwater Lighthouse     198
The Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse     199
Port Austin Reef Lighthouse     200
Charity Island Lighthouse     200
Lighthouse Preservation     201
Barns     202
Ghost Stories     206
The Ghost of the Morrow Street Bridge     206
The Harsens Island Ghost     208
The Spirit of the Sauk Warriors     209
A Ghostly Tale of Mistaken Identity in the Lawrence House     210
The Lost Souls of Lexington     211
Ghost Ships that Haunt the Thumb     212
The Ghost of Ada Loop Harrison     216
The Ghost of Minnie Quay     218
The Ghost of the Hunter Savidge     220
The Heroic Spirit of Pointe Aux Barques     222
The Ghost of the Frank Murphy House     223
The Days the Thumb Burned      224
The Big Blow / The Storm of 1913     231
The Charles S. Price     235
The Isaac Scott     236
The James C. Carruthers     237
The Wexford     237
The Regina     238
The John A. McGean     239
The Argus     239
The Hydrus     239
Index     241
About the Author     251
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