It’s All In The Name

Ever wonder how some Michigan cities got their names?  We hope to shed some light on that mystery…

Colon, MI

Colon was named when the founder was flipping through the dictionary, came upon the word “colon”, and decided that the rivers and lake sytem around the area looked like that particular body organ.

Fenton, MI

The town founders were playing a game of poker and decided the winner would get naming rights of the town.  William Fenton won, but the city could has easily been LeRoy or Rockwell.

Ishpeming, MI

Originally called Lake Superior Location, the name was later changed to Ishpeming, which is te Chippewa word for “heaven” or “high place”.

Shiawassee, MI

There is actually no translation that exists for this county name.  It was believed that it was named for the river that twists through the county and may in fact mean “twisting river”.


Reminder – U.P. State Fair Starts August 17th!!

Just wanted to remind everyone that the U.P. State Fair starts Monday, August 17 @ 5:00 pm.

If you are lucky enough to attend this event and have pictures, please send them our way either via email ( or join out Flickr group.

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Today in Michigan History

August 14, 1959

Basketball star Earvin “Magic” Johnson was born.

Born in Lansing, Earvin Johnson developed an obsession with basketball. In high school, a local sports writer dubbed him “Magic” for his skills on the court. In 1979 he led Michigan State University to a national championship. Johnson moved on to the NBA where his twelve seasons with the Los Angles Lakers proved him one of basketball’s greatest players.

Thank you Michigan History Magazine for this glimpse into our past.  See more at


Today in Michigan History

August 13, 1796

Gerneral Wayne came to Detroit.

General “Mad” Anthony Wayne reached Detroit where he was welcomed for his earlier victory over the Native Americans and the British at Fallen Timbers.  Wayne stayed in Detroit for several months before poor health sent him east.  He died at Presque Isle, Pennsylvania, in mid-December 1796.

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Today in Michigan History

August 12, 1863

The First Michigan Colored Infantry was authorized.

Henry Barnes, editor of the Detroit Advertiser and Tribune, received permission from Michigan adjutant general Jonathan Robertson to raise and organize a regiment of African Americans from the state of Michigan. The First Michigan Colored Infantry would go off to war in early 1864.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Michigan Golf Courses

Based on the input from our readers, here are the Top Ten Favorite Michigan Golf Courses:

10. Fox Run Country Club

9. Forest Akers

8. Franklin Hills Country Club

7. Belvedere Golf Club

6. Bay Harbor Golf Club

5. Oakland Hills Country Club

4. The Gailes

3. Treetops Resort Courses

2. Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club

1. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club


The Woodward Dream Cruise

Don’t forget this Saturday is the Woodward Dream Cruise!

After the last classic car cruises off into the sunset, please share your memories and pictures with us here at Michigan is Amazing!

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Today in Michigan History

August 11, 1942

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello visited Ironwood.

America’s number one box-office comedy team, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were welcomed in Ironwood by cheering crowds. Their weekend visit raised $127,000 for the purchase of “25,000 tons of victory iron ore.”

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Hey Michigan! Did You Know…

Colon, MI is home to the largest manufacturer of magic supplies.

The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America to feature cage-less, open-exhibits that allowed the animals more freedom to roam.

Ishpeming is the birthplace of organized skiing in America and home to the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and Museum.

Kalamazoo is the North American birthplace of celery and nearby Portage boasts the nation’s only celery museum, Celery Flats Interpretive Center.

The Upper Peninsula’s Copper Country is the largest commercial deposit of native copper in the world.

Michigan Did you know