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Introducing ThumbBot

01/19/2018 09:20:23 AM

ThumbBot will offer Facebook and Mobile users the ability to search and find information about Michigan's Upper Thumb using natural language and artificial intelligence. 

Huron Continues to Lead in Wind Incidents in 2017

01/17/2018 07:39:16 AM

Huron County Michigan continues to lead the state in wind farm mishaps in 2017. Blade failure is the #1 incident reported.

Jenny, Quanicassee’s beer drinking bear.

01/13/2018 14:22:21 PM

We love old stories about Michigan’s Upper Thumb. We are fascinated by the rapid growth of the region in the late 1800’s such as the shipbuilding in Caseville, the boom town of Port Crescent and the grace and luxury of early hotels and resorts ...

Great Michigan Forest Fires

01/11/2018 12:57:20 PM

The 1881 fire was the 1st assignment for the newly formed American Red Cross

Sebewaing’s Busy Harbor

01/07/2018 06:17:28 AM

The lumbering era in Michigan’s Upper Thumb from 1860-1880 resulted in booming towns all along the shoreline. Sebewaing was no exception. While it did not benefit from proximity of being on Lake Huron like Sand Beach, (later named Harbor Beach), ...

Caseville Beach – It All Happens Here

01/06/2018 15:01:55 PM

Caseville beach is one of the finest in the Upper Thumb. Rent kayaks and swim the day away.

Great Lakes Ship Building

01/06/2018 05:49:08 AM

I recently ran across a online resource for Great Lakes Shipping enthusiasts.  The Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection offers an ever expanding data set of ships, shipbuilders and ship names that span back to the 1830’s.  ...

The Upper Thumb Hot Toddy

01/05/2018 16:33:18 PM

If your ready for relief from the cold of the Upper Thumb winter this recipe should snap you out of the funk.

Oak Beach – The Gathering Place

01/05/2018 08:54:18 AM

The first thing folks notice at Oak Beach County Park is a just how large it is. Sitting on over 40 acres it sports a beautiful beach, a playground, pavilion for family gatherings and well maintained horseshoe pits. Across M-25 is a modern ...

Pray & Work

01/04/2018 12:51:32 PM

In the 1860's German settlers came to the upper thumb to establish a religious colony.

Pigeon Holed

12/28/2017 12:47:17 PM

Today Pigeon is the wind capital of Michigan. Once a rural railway stop.

1881 Fire: The Devastation of Parisville

12/24/2017 06:01:09 AM

The 1881 fire that swept much of Michigan's Thumb devastated one town. However stories of miraculous events are passed down today.

Mystery of Caseville Mercantile Co.

12/23/2017 20:29:50 PM

A single image of a store in historic Caseville begins a search the background of this mystery.

Thumb Throwback – Frank Murphy

12/23/2017 11:01:43 AM

Harbor Beach native Frank Murphy was a political heavyweight in the 1930s-1940's

Saving A Great Thumb Icon – Kilmanagh General Store

12/22/2017 07:44:31 AM

The Thumb's own Kilmanagh General Store is iconic. However time has taken its toll on the 1870 structure that sports one of the last 1800's storefront facades. The Building and Zoning Department has deemed the porch unsafe and ordered it repaired ...

Pointe Aux Barques

12/21/2017 12:38:45 PM

Pointe Aux Barques has a rich beginning as a top flight resort destination that still in demand today.

The Colony of Palestine

12/13/2017 15:19:03 PM

During the late 1800’s there was a movement by wealthy barons in Europe to establish Jewish colonies all over the world. One of the barons was Moritz de Hirsch, who made his fortune in Russia’s railroads under the Czar. Hirsch’s solution ...

Three Michigan Movies to Stream

12/04/2017 12:21:15 PM

Here are three more notables among 140 films that located sets in Michigan for all or part of production.   

Caseville Shanty Days 2018

12/01/2017 05:24:49 AM

The Caseville Chamber of Commerce has announced the weekend of February 16-18, 2018 for this winter’s Shanty Days. This is the event’s 26th year of mid-winter fun on the ice. It’s the largest winter carnival in Michigan’s Upper Thumb. ...

Great Getaways in Michigan’s Upper Thumb

11/23/2017 14:01:29 PM

With 150 miles of shoreline the contrast between the rocky, rugged Lake Huron side is toured to the sugar sand and calm waters of Saginaw Bay. The thumb region is a great area to explore.

First Ice on Lake Huron

11/17/2017 08:00:47 AM

It happens quickly. Ice. Forming drip by drip with the waves after a chilly night with northern winds. But the beautiful formations seldom stay long.

Tawas – Fun Across the Bay

11/10/2017 07:00:12 AM

On summer evenings we can see the blinking lights of the Tawas area from our beach. Its a day’s sail from Caseville but a several hour drive from the Upper Thumb.  The bay is  clear due to the currents coming in from Lake Huron and the little ...

Transom Charm – What’s In a Name

11/03/2017 04:08:56 AM

“The name selected for a boat may not seem like an important thing. But, considering the strong feelings many of us have for our boats; the fact that we put so much work, and sweat and money into them; the fact they are a big part of our memories ...

Railway at the Bottom of the Bay

10/20/2017 14:01:19 PM

On October 20th 1881 construction of Pontiac, Oxford & Port Austin Railroad began at Caseville to bring rail service to the Thumb area. Just before construction began a huge fire devastated the thumb area. The result was that the former lumbering ...

Experience a Haunted House

10/14/2017 09:32:30 AM

The inn has been featured on Pure Michigan, two Haunted Michigan travel books and featured in a paranormal documentary and a movie.

Michigan Roadside: Jenks Park

10/12/2017 12:15:36 PM

The first roadside park was developed in 1918 on US 2 in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Today Michigan has 85 roadside parks.

Three Great Sailing Movies

10/09/2017 13:10:31 PM

I’m a recreational sailer. I’ve been sailing on Saginaw Bay since I was a little kid. We started off sailing Snarks and Sunfish. In the early 1970’s my dad took advantage of a marketing campaign by Kool cigarettes where we could purchase ...

Hollywood Found Michigan’s Thumb

10/03/2017 14:01:05 PM

This Must Be the Place is a 2011 drama film directed by Paolo Sorrentino, written by Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello and released in the U.S. in 2012.It stars Sean Penn and Frances McDormand. The film deals with a middle-aged wealthy rock ...

Michigan M-25 Fall Color Tour

09/14/2017 11:01:41 AM

Enjoy a day driving the longest scenic highway in Michigan on a Thumb Fall Color Tour.

Michigan’s Port Crescent State Park In Late Fall

09/11/2017 15:01:44 PM

Michigan's Port Crescent State Park Photos in Late Fall

A Look Back – 2012 Marina’s Scramble as Water Levels Dropped

08/31/2017 12:10:03 PM

We tend to focus on the here and now. However its great to step back and take a look at the recent past. Five years ago the entire Great Lakes was witness to low water levels not seen since 1964. Marina’s were dredging, boats were being damaged ...

The Best Day’s of Summer

08/29/2017 15:18:15 PM

It’s finally here. My favorite time to be in the Upper Thumb. Cheeseburger Festival has long since pasted. The long upcoming Labor Day weekend will soon slip by. Things are quieter.

The End of the 3,000 Mile Beer?

08/28/2017 15:13:01 PM

The scenario for globalized worlds need to become local. The reason I pose the need for localization aligning with the effect on beer, because what would the world be without beer.

Lighthouses of Michigan’s Upper Thumb

08/24/2017 05:15:47 AM

  Port Austin Reef Lighthouse The light was first lit in 1878, and its pier was modified in 1899. It is still operational and is automated. The foundation materials are a pier, and the tower is constructed of yellow brick, with buff markings. ...

The Final Days of Cheeseburger

08/17/2017 11:59:59 AM

More vendor's, top acts, the Cheeseburger grills are well seasoned and so is the staff. It's also a bit sad. The waning hours signal the end of the summer. It's only days away from the Labor Day weekend.

Great Hints for a Day at Cheeseburger in Caseville

08/15/2017 09:21:07 AM

Caseville is close enough to Southeast Michigan to make a great day trip to it's Cheeseburger in Caseville Festival. Here are some hints to make your day stress free.

Cheeseburger in Caseville Kicks Off Today

08/11/2017 04:15:14 AM

August 11th marks the start of one of Michigan's largest Festivals; Cheeseburger in Caseville. It's a final celebration of the end of the summer and a tribute to all things Jimmy Buffet, especially a "Cheeseburger in Paradise". With craft vendors, ...

Saving A Great Thumb Icon – Kilmanagh General Store

08/03/2017 04:44:31 AM

The Thumb's own Kilmanagh General Store is iconic. However time has taken its toll on the 1870 structure that sports one of the last 1800's storefront facades. The Building and Zoning Department has deemed the porch unsafe and ordered it repaired ...

Record Heat means Potential of Blackout – A Checklist

07/21/2017 07:20:37 AM

The expected “dome” of record setting heat across much of the United States and Canada in the coming days have many wondering about the viability  of our power grid. In 2003 a massive power outage on August 14, 2003  left parts of at ...

Sebewaing Tribal Wars and a Giant Oak

07/06/2017 13:27:23 PM

Chief Standing Oak ruled the tribe of Chippewa Indians, living near Kilmanagh between the Sebewaing river and Shebeon creek.

Top 12 Must See Thumb Sites

07/05/2017 14:30:16 PM

We encountered many folks who have come up to the Upper Thumb for their entire lives but never have seen these interesting sites. How many have you been to?  Check these out and let us know if you have a “must-see” from the tip of the Thumb. ...

Happy and Safe 4th

07/03/2017 20:00:51 PM

Have a safe and happy holiday with friends and family.

Thumbwind’s 2011 Wind Farm Predictions for Huron County Proved True

06/30/2017 04:47:48 AM

Back when Thumbwind was launched about six years ago we undertook the the the 2011-2012 Thumb Wind Survey. It was one of the most viewed articles we posted in the early days. We predicted a total of 466 turbines in the thumb by 2017. As of March ...

A Vanished Company Town – New River Michigan

06/15/2017 14:29:14 PM

All signs of this once thriving town have been erased by time and nature. It was located about a mile from Huron City and eight miles from Port Austin. From initial land grants in 1845 to J. Spikerman and Walter Hume this fishing village developed ...

The Best Burger In the Thumb

06/09/2017 14:33:59 PM

[Ed Note: This pub has not been visited in several years. I’m uncertain where Julz is these days. But the Hitching Post is an Oasis during the high crowds at Cheeseburger Festival] I’m a cheeseburger hound. I’m one of those who never seem ...

Wilderness Surveyor to Victorious General

06/08/2017 10:14:55 AM

In the mid 1800's much of Michigan was wilderness. In 1857, Captain George Meade took over the Lakes Survey mission of the Great Lakes.

A Dozen Must See Thumb Sites

06/03/2017 09:49:25 AM

Michigan's Upper Thumb has interesting sites and things to do beyond our great beaches and water.

A Dozen Must See Thumb Sites

06/03/2017 09:49:25 AM

Michigan's Upper Thumb has interesting sites and things to do beyond our great beaches and water.

Ship Building in Caseville

06/01/2017 11:01:23 AM

In the late 1800's Caseville Michigan was a booming town. This included large ship building.

“All Hands On Deck”

05/31/2017 09:21:02 AM

The term “All Hands On Deck” is used to indicate (the need for) the immediate involvement or efforts of all the members of a party, or of a large number of people, especially in an emergency. The rapid and determental changes proposed by ...

M25: the Ribbon around the Thumb

05/26/2017 04:09:31 AM

A favorite tour for motorcyclist is the State Highway M-25. It’s a 147 mile road running from Port Huron to Bay City Michigan. With waters of Lake Huron or Saginaw Bay on one side and rolling pasture and farmland on the other it’s one of ...

The Bay Port Hotel

05/25/2017 10:12:48 AM

The story of the Bay Port Hotel and the untimely demise of one of its guests. Was it haunted?

Lessons from Flint Water Crisis

05/21/2017 06:00:05 AM

As far back at 2015 ThumbWind started ringing the warning bell as Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s Financial Manager Darnell Earley authorizes the utilization of the Flint River as a point water source for the city. Needless-to-say the rest ...

Have we made the Great Lakes into a Plastic Soup?

05/20/2017 05:03:34 AM

The next time you brush your teeth or wash your face you may be contributing to adding plastic into the Great Lakes.

It’s Time to Consider a Bounty On Asian Carp

05/19/2017 17:01:34 PM advocates placing a $10-20 bounty on each and every Asian Carp caught in the Great Lakes Region.

Saginaw Bay – Officially Polluted for 30 years.

05/18/2017 14:02:29 PM

On summer mornings with coffee in hand I walk down to the beach and gaze out over that the vast expanse of water between Port Austin and Tawas. It’s thought of as an idyllic ecosystem full of tasty Perch and Walleye. It’s playground for ...

Great Lakes Cruising of Yesterday

05/18/2017 05:00:15 AM

In the days before the highway and autos the only way to travel the vast distances for the Great Lakes was by sail and steamer.

Federal government pushes back decision on proposed nuclear-waste bunker near Lake Huron — Global News

05/17/2017 02:53:59 AM

Looks like we will have to continue to follow this  issue through August. The proposed site is just across Lake Huron from Harbor Beach. Too close and right on the shore. This is a shared repost. The federal government has punted a decision ...

In 2012 Saginaw Bay Muck Was Poop

05/16/2017 05:01:23 AM

Outdated and failing septic tanks, overflow from Bay City andConcentrated Animal Feeding Operations CAFOs. Experts confirmed local suspicions of what exactly is in the muck that has been appearing on beaches.

Algae Bloom in Michigan’s Saginaw Bay Seen from Space

05/15/2017 05:00:38 AM

Algae Bloom in Michigan's Saginaw Bay Seen from Space. With the recent budget cuts announced for the EPA by the current administration it's feared that the Great Lakes and Saginaw Bay will once again experience muck and fecal encrusted beac ...

Flashback Thursday: Sleeper State Park 1944

05/11/2017 06:00:30 AM

The park first opened as a county park in 1925. In 1927 the state acquired the property and called it Huron State Park. In 1944, the park was renamed in honor of Albert E. Sleeper, governor of Michigan (1917-1920) and resident of Huron County, ...

Michigan Thumb Reject Wind Projects

05/07/2017 18:40:57 PM

Voters in Michigan’s Upper Thumb rejected proposals that would have allowed two wind farm projects to proceed in Huron county. In referendum held May 2, 2017 voters defeated a proposal for a renewal energy project by DTE Energy extending just ...

Turnip Rock – Movie Set

05/05/2017 04:14:39 AM

Our favorite paddling spot near Port Austin was the set of a 2014 movie. Jinn is a action-horror-thriller film. Turnip Rock  can bee seen in the trailer. 2014 was when the lakes hit an historic low water level. Thus the caves at Pointe Aux ...

Michigan Wind 2 Farm Construction

05/03/2017 05:01:27 AM

Blissfield Energy highlights the construction of the Michigan Wind 2 near Minden City.

Upper Thumb Cottage Road Signs

05/01/2017 05:00:54 AM

Crazy and unique cottage road signs found in Michigan's Upper Thumb

Our Water, Our Life

04/30/2017 05:54:33 AM

?? A series of articles detailing the challenges and the beauty of Saginaw Bay and the Great Lakes. Starting May 15th.

Ice Cream Wars in Grindstone City

04/29/2017 06:00:12 AM

Grindstone City has in the midst of a full range war between two marvelous ice cream shops. Both are in historic buildings and are minutes from Port Austin.

Updated – The Sebewaing Coal Mines

04/27/2017 05:10:59 AM

The discovery of coal in Sebewaing, was made by Russell Brothers; well diggers based in Unionville. By the early 1900’s Sebewaing had three coal mines in operation. The Whittier, Sebewaing Coal Company and the Saginaw Bay Coal Company collectively ...

Beach Thoughts

04/26/2017 05:17:52 AM


Gems of the Upper Thumb

04/23/2017 09:02:44 AM

A video of the sights of Michigans Upper Thumb

CNN – Huron’s Turnip Rock An “Amazing Formation in America”

04/23/2017 07:07:35 AM

Cable News Network, CNN, has declared Huron County’s Turnip Rock one of America’s most amazing, or weird, rock formations. Located on private property and accessible only by canoe or kayak explorers to the site are treated to an amazing ...

Port Austin Farmers Market

04/22/2017 07:07:58 AM

Huron County is at the the tip of Michigan’s “Thumb”. With over 90 miles of shoreline on the big lake and some of the richest farmland in the entire state. Each Saturday morning during the summer season Port Austin plays host to one of ...

Gibby’s Fries – A Favorite Michigan Comfort Food

04/21/2017 17:00:09 PM

  Gibby’s Fresh Cut French Fries can only be found in carnivals, festivals and fairs during the summer months. Their cooking process is simple but a bit unique. Freshly cleaned potatoes are sliced, then plunged into a series of six deep fryers. ...

Huron County Beach Time

04/17/2017 08:00:14 AM

Huron County is at the the tip of Michigan’s “Thumb”. With over 90 miles of shoreline the Upper Thumb has some of the best sugar sand beaches in the state. From Port Austin west to Caseville families can find numerous parks, waterfront ...

Upper Thumb Nightlife

04/16/2017 08:00:22 AM

Huron County, Michigan represents the tip of the “thumb” of the state. The rural area provides an ideal view of the stars without light pollution found in the big cities. Nightlife in this community can often represent a connection with ...

Huron County Lighthouse Tour

04/15/2017 07:00:45 AM

I stumbled upon these videos a couple of years ago and was impressed with their high quality production. However I don’t think they were well promoted as they only have a about 1,500 views. The videos were apparently part of a promotional ...

Huron County Boating & Sailing

04/14/2017 08:17:22 AM

Here is another wonderfully produced video from LIVEHuron. This one focuses on our rich boating and sailing waters with some great shots of Caseville. The videos are part of a promotional campaign produced  by Huron County Economic Development ...

Port Austin’s Cartwheel Inn

04/13/2017 01:14:11 AM

The Fireside Inn near Port Austin is our go-to place for large groups of people. With it’s fantastic pizza and large open space its perfect for a family party. A couple of years ago I came across these two black and white shots for the Cartwheel ...

The Sebewaing Coal Mines

04/06/2017 12:10:59 PM

The discovery of coal in Sebewaing, was made by Russell Brothers; well diggers based in Unionville. By the early 1900’s Sebewaing had three coal mines in operation. The Whittier, Sebewaing Coal Company and the Saginaw Bay Coal Company collectively ...

Support the Coast Guard for the Great Lakes

04/03/2017 15:56:00 PM

Michigan is a great spot for a holiday break or vacation spot.  There are loads of things to do – something to keep the whole family busy. In summer, there’s endless water activities on the Lake and of course in winter there’s fun ice ...

Best of the Upper Thumb

04/01/2017 08:00:18 AM

For well over five decades the Upper Thumb has been deemed the “Closer Up North” for the Southeast Michigan and Detroit area.  Sandy beaches, great fishing, parks and some of the friendliest proprietors around, Huron County is a great ...

Big Industry in Little Caseville

03/31/2017 12:52:22 PM

On the site of what is now the Key North Surf Shop and along Riverside Drive sat the Pigeon River Salt and Iron Works which was built in 1873. The investors were S. O. Edison, uncle of Thomas Edison, Sanford, and Francis Crawford. The furnace ...

God Rays on Saginaw Bay — Michigan in Pictures

03/22/2017 14:06:00 PM

God’s Rays over Saginaw Bay, photo by Tom Clark Awesome shot from last year on Saginaw Bay! View Tom’s photo bigger and see more in his Skyscapes slideshow. More from Saginaw on Michigan in Pictures. via God Rays on Saginaw Bay — Michigan ...

Cash for Eliminating Asian Carp

03/21/2017 09:28:27 AM

In an earlier post, “It’s Time to Consider a Bounty on Asian Carp” we advocate exploring a bounty program to help curb or control this invasive species until a long term solution can be developed. However it’s entirely within the realm ...

What to Include in Your Emergency Car Kit

03/19/2017 07:45:21 AM

Planning on taking a drive to visit some of the must-see sites in Michigan’s Upper Thumb? When it comes to safety on the road, we should all have an emergency kit in our cars. In order to decide what to put in your kit, you need to take into ...

How to Prepare for a Cold Weather Emergency

03/18/2017 09:52:01 AM

Cold weather storms this time of year can be mild (lasting several hours), or severe (lasting several days, with strong winds and very low temperatures). Knowing how to prepare for these events is important for your safety and the safety of ...

Lake Huron Beach Access in 1937

03/16/2017 12:09:58 PM

We almost take it for granted that if your near the lake in Huron county that your a short walk or drive away from being able to put your toes into the water. That was not always the case. I remember stories from my grand parents and others ...

Huron’s Drive-In Theaters

03/09/2017 05:01:00 AM

It’s widely recognized that the first drive in was Hollingshead’s drive-in opened in New Jersey June 6, 1933. It offered viewing for up to 400 vehicles and a 40 by 50 foot screen. The owner advertised his drive-in theater with the slogan, ...

Draken Harald Hårfagre- Bay City Michigan 2016

02/26/2017 05:14:01 AM

  Draken Harald Hårfagre Viking Ship Featured Image from the site

Time Winds Down for Public Comment on Nestle Taking Michigan’s Water

02/25/2017 05:13:52 AM

Michigan residents have only a few more days to express their views on letting Nestle, a foreign company, to expand its capability of pumping millions of gallons of pure water from Michigan’s aquifer for a mere $200. The Michigan Department ...

Port of Call – Harbor Beach Michigan

02/23/2017 06:00:20 AM

As the world’s largest man made harbor, the port of Harbor Beach is an ideal stopping point for sailors making their way up the shore of Lake Huron. With its protected port and town that’s steps away from the Marina, Harbor Beach offers ...

Kinde Michigan – Our Bean Town

02/15/2017 13:59:43 PM

Many want to keep this place a secret. It’s a slice of a true American farming community in the Thumb of Michigan. The village was founded in the 1880’s during the regions transition from lumbering to agriculture by John Kinde. A lumber ...

The Thumb Town of Pinnebog

02/11/2017 06:01:00 AM

Pinnebog was once a large country cross roads town with a famous history. Now it's almost faded away.

1940 Huron County Scenic Travel

02/09/2017 05:02:04 AM

In the months prior to WWII the major topic was the US’s stance on with our stated isolationist policy. Yet the war had not yet been declared and rationing was not even thought of. Large portions of M-25 were now paved and this Michigan Scenic ...

TBT – Caseville Harbor 1948

02/02/2017 07:27:26 AM

This shot looks out to Saginaw Bay from the interior harbor. The two buildings that remain today are the Huron Yacht Club on the left and the Bay Post Fish Company dock on the far right. Can you name any others? Image from the State of Michigan ...

Caseville’s 25th Shanty Days February 17-19

01/31/2017 05:14:41 AM

It’s Shanty Days Silver Anniversary! The middle of winter is celebrated and imbibed in the cold of February off the shores of the frozen Saginaw Bay. Caseville’s annual Shanty Days Festival kicks off the 2017 year of fun in Key North.  ...

Haunted Bay Port

01/27/2017 11:13:13 AM

If there is one area in the Upper Thumb where the paranormal might reside it would have to be Bay Port. The area was the site of the vanished Ora Labora German Colony that existed from 1861-1867, the spooky and unattended Old Bay Port Cemetery ...

Eye on Detroit for Food Trends

01/23/2017 20:08:27 PM

Growing up just north of Detroit I took it for granted of some of our great iconic foods like Coney Island hotdogs, deep dish Sicilian pizza and the ethnic neighborhoods of Hamtramic, and Mexican village. Now the Food Network had finally found ...

Exclusive – Melissa Heads to DC

01/20/2017 16:22:18 PM

On a personal note, my wife is headed to Washington DC this evening to join hundreds of thousands of other women that will be converging on Washington DC over the next 12 hours. Follow us on our Thumbwind Facebook page for updates live from ...

UK wind generated more electricity than coal in 2016

01/18/2017 05:22:50 AM

That’s what the data reveals in the Carbon Brief Analysis, in which they say, The UK generated more electricity from wind than from coal in the full calendar year of 2016, Carbon Brief analys… Source: UK wind generated more electricity than ...