Paul Austin

Lady Elgin 1860

300 Lives Taken With The Horrific Sinking of the Lady Elgin on Lake Michigan

On a September night in 1960 the steamer Lady Elgin and schooner Augusta collided near Winnetka Illinois with such force that they almost split each other openly. Within 20 minutes, Lady Elgin was breaking apart and sinking. The Lady Elgin disaster remains the most significant loss of life on open water in the Great Lakes history.

Bath Michigan School Bombing

Domestic Terror – The 1927 Bath Michigan School Bombing

On a spring day on May 18, 1927, a defeated school board member set off a chain of explosions in Bath Township, Michigan. The resulting carnage destroyed his farm and destroyed the Bath Consolidated School. The blasts killed 38 elementary school children and six adults and injured at least 58 others. This domestic terror incident remains the top school massacre in United States history and is ranked 11th deadliest in the world. 

Michigan Coyote

The Michigan Coyote Is On the Move and Ready For Love

Mid-winter, the Michigan coyote is looking for love. Those midnight howls are coyote love songs and signal that matting season is here on Valentine’s Day.

Once the female coyotes have selected a mate, the pair can be in a couple for two to three months before mating. Even in locations with high coyote numbers and enough food, the Michigan coyote remains monogamous.

Men Using Grindstone

Early Days at Grindstone City

Captain Aaron Peer founded Grindstone City as a company with quarry operations in 1834.

Peer, is one of the earliest settlers of Huron County and holds title to many of the “firsts” in the Upper Thumb.

Video Cover Shot Turnip Rock

Can You Really Climb Turnip Rock?

Turnip Rock has been deemed one of the Amazing Rock Formations in America by CNN. But can you climb Turnip Rock for that amazing photo? We take a look.