Veterans Day at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly

holly 107, photo by jmbarclay. Today is Veterans Day and I hope everyone gets a chance to to take some time to remember those who have served and are serving our nation. I’m pretty sure this photo is from the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan. The Holly cemetery is the second national cemetery…

Michigan Ghost Towns: Aral at Otter Creek

Esch Beach, Otter Creek, photo by Sara Hunt/oni_one_ The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore tells the rich tale of the ghost town Aral: Aral was located on Lake Michigan where Otter Creek empties into the Lake just south of Esch Road, a few miles south of Empire, MI. Today this is one of the most popular…

#TBT: Wreck of the Carl D. Bradley

Carl D. Bradley, photo by John Rochon If you know of any shipwreck on the Great Lakes, chances are it’s the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald. While that was no doubt a terrible tragedy, my vote for the most grievous loss is the S.S. Carl D Bradley which sank 56 years ago next Tuesday on November 18,…

Murder Mystery at Grand Island North Light

Grand Island North Light, photo by Jeff Shook The photo above is from the Grand Island North Light page at Terry Pepper’s Seeing the Light. Head over there for all kinds of information about one of Michigan’s lonelier lighthouses. As Halloween is tomorrow, I thought I’d share the tale of a mysterious murder at North…

The Oldest Ship on the Great Lakes: The St. Mary’s Challenger

Departing…….., photo by smiles7 7 years ago I shared the story of the Southdown Challenger on Michigan in Pictures. I was happy to see that the oldest operational freighter on the Great Lakes is still in action. The feature on the St. Marys Challenger on Boatnerd.com begins: Currently holding the honors of being the oldest lake…

Happy 150th Birthday, Henry Ford

Henry Ford poses with 1921 Model T, photographer unknown 150 years ago today, on July 30, 1863, American industrial icon Henry Ford was born in Greenfield Township. The museum that he founded, The Henry Ford, says that Ford was a complex man who was ultimately responsible for transforming the automobile from an invention of unknown utility into an…