How the eleven villages and cities of Huron County got their names, Pt. 2

Pigeon: Known as Berne Junction since back in 1883, folks began referring to the area near the Pigeon River as Pigeon. The waterway’s name derived from the bountiful amount of passenger pigeons that inhabited the river’s environment. Some reports claimed the birds literally blocked out the sun when they flew, so thick were they crowded together. Within 40 years of its founding the fowl the town was named for was extinct.

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How the eleven villages and cities of Huron County got their names, Pt 1

Bad Axe: In 1865, a Union Army surveyor, Captain Rudolph Papst, saw an old rusty axe left behind by hunters at the junction of two large trailways. He called the camp he setup Bad Axe Camp. As the camp became a settlement and then a town the name changed to Bad Axe Corners, and then, on March 19, 1885, to Bad Axe. When residents voted to change the name, old Captain Papst, now ...

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Give your circuit breakers a break

Electricity usage is really just a matter of arithmetic. The amount of electricity used by an appliance is measured in units called Amperes. The ampere, usually shortened to “amp” in American usage, is the basic unit of electrical current adopted by the International System of Units (SI), the world authority on measuring units.

Amps were named after André-Marie Ampère, a physicist and mathematician from France who was born the year before the American ...

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2017 OAK BEACH ACTIVITIES

JUNE 3rd – AUGUST 5th & OCTOBER 7th 10:00am – THE MEN COOK BREAKFAST*
Please sign-up at the park office for what to donate. Men report to the backyard to cook at 9:00am. IF RAINED OUT, BREAKFAST
WILL BE HELD THE FOLLOWING MORNING.

JUNE 24th 3:00pm – STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE SOCIAL
Please sign-up at the park office for what to donate. We will need several quarts of Strawberries, 5 Dozen Shortcakes
(baked or store-bought), 3 large Containers of Vanilla Ice Cream, Cool ...

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How do we know the height of the Great Lakes?

We know the height of the Great Lakes (an average of around 260 feet) because of the International Great Lakes Datum. What’s that? It is a method of measuring heights that vary over time, known as a Dynamic Height System. All water surfaces are described using dynamic heights. The last time a major survey of the surface depth of the Lakes was undertaken was in the mid-1980’s. This base height is called IGLD 1985. These kind of dynamic height calculations ...

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8 More Frequently Asked Questions – 2017

1. Weekly/monthly rates? All non-seasonal sites are charged by the night. There are no discounts for booking a week or any other time period.

2. Seasonal availability? Here is the link for current seasonal site availability.

3. What is the distance between the county parks?

Wagener Park (2671 S Lakeshore Rd., Harbor Beach) to Stafford Park (4451 W. Huron St., Port Hope) 12.9 mi via M-25 N;

Stafford Park (4451 W. Huron St., Port Hope) ...

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TV Shows set in Michigan

What’s on the tube? Here’s a run-down, in chronological order, on eleven television shows, old and current, set (but not necessarily filmed) in the Great Lake State:

Home Improvement – Played for 8 seasons, running from 1991 to 1999 on ABC. Set in suburban Detroit, the show set off the acting career of Tim Allen, and by-the-way, began the t.v. acting career of Pamela Anderson, who played the “Tool Girl” on Allen’s show-within-a-show “Tool Time” before moving west to become a lifeguard on ...

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Movies filmed in Huron County

Another chilly March eve? How about hunkering down with a flick of the Thumb? Here are three films made in Huron County:

“Real Steel”, starring Hugh Jackman, takes place in 2020, when boxing has taken to using robots as combatants. Much of the action takes place at State Fairs and similar “quaint” locations, including several in Huron County.

Especially for this movie, a number of robots were constructed using the Animatronic model. Several different motion ...

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Currently Available Seasonal Campsites at Huron County Parks

It’s that time of the year when the availability of a seasonal campsite at one of the Huron County Parks is highest. Below is the current situation at all 6 county parks.

Please call 888-265-2583 for more information and to reserve a seasonal site.

  • There are no Seasonal sites currently available at Caseville Park.
  • There are no Seasonal sites currently available at Oak Beach Park
  • Here ...
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Books about the Thumb to thumb through on a winter’s night

What to do on a snowed-in day in Huron County? It’s a little too chilly to camp, and all that snow complicates that. How about a nice tome or two to while away the gray day? Here are a few suggestions, all should be available at your fine book store or website.

Huron County, Michigan by the Huron County Historical Society; this historical work focuses in on the histories of the Thumb communities of Bad Axe, Caseville,  Harbor Beach, Port Hope, Sebewaing, Port ...

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