Welcome to a special Halloween prequel edition of Five Things you need to know about Michigan. You can find more spooky stuff at our Haunted Michigan page and also at the Michigan Word of the Week: Halloween! Know a ghostly tale or link that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!
Weird Michigan and the Dog Man
Linda S. Godfrey, author of the super-cool book Weird Michigan writes that Michigan may be known for its wolverines, but far stranger and more terrifying beasts roam its deep forests. The Dog Man, as he has come to be known, has terrorized all those who have encountered him in the state’s northermost logging camps and woods. Click over to Linda’s weirdmichigan.com to read more about the Dog Man and other Michigan monsters, ghosts, UFOs and other oddities and peek inside the Weird Michigan book at Barnes & Noble. This is a very high-quality, coffee table quality work and the coolest Michigan book I own!
Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses
Over on Michigan in Pictures today there’s a feature on The Haunting of Seul Choix Lighthouse. A while back we ran one on Absolute Michigan about the Ghost of the White River Light. Haunted Lighthouses lists some more of Michigan’s haunted lighthouses including Sturgeon Point Lighthouse and the Old Presque Isle Lighthouse, from which the now disconnected light still shines on some nights. Don’t forget the Presque Isle Lighthouse – similar name, hundreds of miles away on Lake Huron. Prairie Ghosts lists a couple more haunted Michigan lights on Lake Huron: the Thunder Bay Island Light and the Saginaw River Light. Let’s leave these haunted beacons with a link to a Haunted Lighthouses page with info about some of the above and also Waugoshance & Big Bay lights!
Michigan Ghost Hunters
I suppose if you have ghosts, you need people to hunt them down. Fortunately, Michigan seems to have a lot of ghost hunters. A few include the West Michigan Ghost Hunters Society (cool photo gallery!), Southeast Michigan Ghost Hunters Society (a radio station and check out that equipment list), the Southwest Michigan Ghost Hunters Society (read about their recent and ongoing investigations) and the Ghost Hunters of Southern Michigan (featuring investigations, collected true ghost stories and you gotta love that spooky music!). Even more can be found right here.
Gateway ghost by mellowhummer
In describing today’s photo, Gateway Ghost, Sharon writes that Mouth Cemetery in Montague, Michigan is said to be haunted. Click through to Topix.net to read discussion about Mouth Cemetery in the Whitehall Forum if you dare.
The Northville Tunnels
One of the most interesting web sites ever added to Absolute Michigan is called The Northville Tunnels. The tunnels exist at the site of the former Wayne County Training School and offers a deceptively deep tour of the grounds and tunnels. It’s a bit hard to navigate but as you explore you’ll learn a lot one of Michigan’s supernatural sites.