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In 1880, the firm of Luther and Wilson established a sawmill here, and the town was called Wilson. It was renamed Luther in 1881 for B. T. Luther of the firm. The town was organized as a village in 1893 and it had its own newspaper called the Luther Observer. In its heyday, the village …

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Today, Irons is a snowmobile and ORV mecca. The Irons Area Tourist Association grooms over 120 miles of trails in both summer and winter making the area a year-round playground. The Little Manistee and Lincoln Hills Trails are graded on a semi-weekly basis during the summer for a great off-road riding experience. Irons is also …

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For four decades after its establishment in 1912, Idlewild was a rural retreat for African Americans seeking a bit of rest and relaxation outside the confines of their segregated communities in cities such as Detroit, Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. Referred to as “Black Eden” at its peak, Idlewild was one of the most popular …

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Named after Salmon Chase who was governor of Ohio and later US Secretary of the Treasury under President Lincoln and Chief Justice, the unincorporated Village of Chase was settled by Lorenzo Conklin in 1862. The area was then known as Greendale – a clerical error for what should have been Green Dell. In 1869, Charles …

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Many of the villages in Lake County were influenced by the civil war, the logging of the great white pine forests, and immigrants from Europe looking to start a new life on the farm. An unincorporated community of US 10, Branch got its name from the North Branch of the Pere Marquette River. Fishermen still …

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Baldwin, the county seat of Lake County, is located at the junction of M-37 and US-10. It is situated near the Baldwin River, a tributary of the Pere Marquette River. The Baldwin River is the site of the first planting of German Brown Trout roe in the United States on April 11, 1884. There are …

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Step back in time; home made ice cream served the old-fashioned way since 1942. We are known for fast, friendly service along with delicious food and ice cream. We offer candies, honey, toppings, Made In Michigan syrups, post cards and souvenirs. 858 Michigan AveBaldwin MI 49304 (231) 745-3591

Prepare yourself for an unparalleled golfing experience. Our course is a pleasure for golfers of any skill level to play. Marquette Trails Golf Club will challenge you while providing a relaxing, picturesque backdrop. Test your accuracy with our fairways, water hazards and sand traps; we have everything you need to challenge you and improve your …

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A museum featuring furniture crafted from twisted and misshapen roots of white pine trees. All furniture was made by the late Raymond “Bud” Overholzer. Visit the on site gift shop as well as the nature trail. Shrine of the Pines is also a great venue for weddings and other events. 8962 M-37Baldwin MI 49304 (231) …

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