On the trail of Bigfoot in Michigan

Northern Michigan Being True To Itself by Martin Hogan WWJ News Radio had a feature on last month’s UP Bigfoot Conference in Munising: “We wanted to spread the news, basically, that bigfoot is real, a real thing and in Michigan — specifically the Upper Peninsula.” That’s the message from Richard Meyer, founder and organizer of … Continue reading On the trail of Bigfoot in Michigan

Winter Comes to Michigan: 1930s edition

1930s Michigan Snowplow With a major winter storm bearing down on Michigan, it seems like a good time to feature this old Department of Transportation video featuring winter fun & battling blizzards. MDOT relates: This 1930s-era newsreel was recently discovered by sisters Nancy and Barbara Sleeper of Newberry, whose grandfather, Sanborn Sleeper, was the superintendent … Continue reading Winter Comes to Michigan: 1930s edition

#TBT: Winter Comes to Michigan

1930s Snowplow, via Michigan Highway Department (now MDOT) The Michigan Department of Transportation shared this awesome newsreel from the 1930s featuring all kinds of winter fun including ski jumping. Their predecessor, the Michigan Highway Department also used the video to talk up Michigan’s road system and winter road maintenance. It was discovered by Nancy and Barbara Sleeper of … Continue reading #TBT: Winter Comes to Michigan

Michigan Wild & Scenic Rivers: Over the (Pine) River

Pine River Bridge Wellston, Michigan, photo by John Mickevich It is hereby declared to be the policy of the United States that certain selected rivers of the Nation which, with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition, and … Continue reading Michigan Wild & Scenic Rivers: Over the (Pine) River

TBT: Spikehorn Meyers and His Bears

Clare Harrison MI Spikehorn Meyers Clare County MI, photo by Don…The UpNorth Memories Guy Here’s a Throwback Thursday featuring one of Northern Michigan’s most colorful characters: Harrison’s most colorful character was John “Spikehorn” Meyers, known to thousands of Michigan residents simply as Spikehorn. He was a showman, naturalist, politician, coal miner, tile manufacturer, furniture builder, … Continue reading TBT: Spikehorn Meyers and His Bears

Yesterday to tomorrow with Michigan automobiles

Low-Rider…, photo by Kenneth (Off/On) Two interesting auto-related tidbits came across my desk in the last couple of days. The first is from Deadline Detroit, and shows an excerpt from a 1917 newsreel with a Detroit Police Department driver-safety campaign trying to persuade drivers to slow down. Fast forward to today and beyond with Michigan … Continue reading Yesterday to tomorrow with Michigan automobiles

Michigan Wild & Scenic Rivers: Manistee River

Manistee River, near Sharon, Michigan, photo by gregorydseman It is hereby declared to be the policy of the United States that certain selected rivers of the Nation which, with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition, and that … Continue reading Michigan Wild & Scenic Rivers: Manistee River

Michigan Wild & Scenic Rivers: Manistee River

Ox Bow on the Manistee River, photo by jimflix!. Michigan has 16 nationally designated Wild & Scenic Rivers. The Wild & Scenic Rivers Act of October 2, 1968 provided for federally designated rivers that “possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values.” A 26 mile section of the … Continue reading Michigan Wild & Scenic Rivers: Manistee River

Michigan Wild & Scenic Rivers: Sturgeon River

Along the Sturgeon River, photo by Coder. It is hereby declared to be the policy of the United States that certain selected rivers of the Nation which, with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition, and that they … Continue reading Michigan Wild & Scenic Rivers: Sturgeon River