Looking Back: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Michigan: Part 2

On a world wide view, the flu pandemic of 1918 had 500 million cases, fully one-third of the people in the world. Today’s equivalent would be around 2 billion. 50 million sufferers died from the pandemic, 650,000 in the U.S. Sad to say, we may approach such numbers in 2020.

Fewer American servicemen died in combat during World War I than succumbed to influenza..

Turning to our Wolverine State, the death toll from October 1918 to April 1919 reached an awful 15,000.

Chillingly, ...

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Looking Back: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Michigan Part 1

This current time of pandemic, uncertainty, isolating, wearing masks and hospitals filling up seems like it has never happened before. But, it has. Michigan has gone through times like this before and come out the other side.

A hundred and three years ago, in 1917, people died mostly from heart disease, strokes or cancer, just like 2017. But in 1918, most folks died in Michigan from the flu.

The influenza pandemic that swept the world that year, as World War I neared ...

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Parks re-opening June 22! All campers offered chance to cancel

First of all, we are pleased to confirm that, as of today, camping is going to be available beginning June 22nd. We want to assure you that all Huron County Parks campgrounds will be strictly following protocols currently published by the CDC and the State of Michigan, including attendants in the bathrooms and other measures to maximize your safety.

We feel, however, in fairness to you, as a camper who has an existing reservation, there may still be concerns that may ...

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Coronavirus Updates from Huron County Parks

The current pandemic has affected us all in many different ways. Any outlet for activity outside of where we’ve been for two months is important. Camping is a wonderful opportunity to practice both social distancing and isolation while enjoying the beauty of nature.

With this in mind, the Huron County Road Commissioners acting as the Huron County Park Trustees will be opening the Huron County Parks on a very limited basis for SEASONAL CAMPERS ONLY beginning May 15, 2020. Please see ...

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Momentous Moments of Michigan History, Part Three of Three

Concluding our three part series of Michigan History, we are picking up where we left off in the mid-1950s to today. Find out more below.

1957– Detroit Lions win their 4th (and most recent) NFL Championship, defeating Cleveland Browns 59-14 at Briggs Stadium.

1957 – Fort Wayne, Indiana Pistons NBA team moves to Detroit.

1957 – November 1 – The five-mile long Mackinac Bridge opens.

1959 – Berry Gordy, Jr. founds Motown Records in Detroit.

1974 – Gerald R. Ford of Grand ...

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Momentous Moments of Michigan History, Part Two of Three

Continuing our three part series of Michigan History, we are picking up where we left off in the mid-1800s into the mid-1900s. Find out more below.

1847 – The two houses of the Michigan legislature move the state capital to Lansing.

1854 – In Jackson, a new national political party has its first meeting. It is decided the name will be the Republican Party. Begun before the Civil War, still going today.

June 22, 1855 – Sault Ste. Marie Canal begins ...

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Notice of Public Meeting

Board of County Roads Commissioners of Huron County

The Huron County Road Commission acting as the Huron County Parks Trustees will hold a public hearing on March 4, 2020, at 8:30 am at the Huron County Road Commission Office, 417 S. Hanselman Street, Bad Axe Michigan, to seek community input regarding a proposed Michigan Land and Water Conservation Fund grant application for improvements at Lighthouse Park. Lighthouse Park is located at 7320 Lighthouse Road, Port Hope, Ml. The proposed improvements ...

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Momentous Moments of Michigan History, Part One of Three

As part of a three part series, here are some monumental moments of Michigan’s rich history.

c. 400 BC to 1615: Michigan’s first residents who left records in bark scrolls, and whose descendents are still living in the area are the Ojibwa, Ottawa and Potawatomi tribes of Native Americans.

1668 – Jesuit Fathers Jacques Marquette and Claude Dablon found the first mission in what would become Michigan south of the St. Mary River in Sault Sainte Marie.

June 24, ...

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Michigan Winter Celebrations

It’s that wonderful time of the year when we rejoice in our gratefulness and celebrate the changing of the year. Up and down our wonderful state, wintertime is celebrated. Here is a sampling of the more unique Michigan fests:

Christmas, Michigan. Yes, Virginia, there is a town called Christmas in Michigan. A small, quaint town of under 500 souls on Lake Superior in the U.P. between Au Train and Munising, where every day is Christmas. The village is adorned with Christmas ...

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Michigan Wonderlands

Our Huron county campgrounds are closed for the winter now. Here are some wonderful destinations throughout our state you might want to visit:

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Munising, MI 49862; (906) 387-3700

Backcountry camping permit required. Hike through a forest of white birch from Twelvemile Beach and marvel at the wondrous colors of the namesake Pictured Rock Cliffs. Wonder at the marvelous oddly-shaped sandstone monoliths such as Chapel Rock and ...

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