Today in Michigan History

April 19, 1973

Craters appeared in Williamsburg.

Residents of the small town of Williamsburg, located northeast of Traverse City, discovered hundreds of mysterious craters, many of which spewed water, mud and volatile gas in three-foot geysers. Scientists theorized that natural gas from a nearby well turned the town into a moonscape.

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Today in Michigan History

April 15, 1859

Luren D. Dickinson was born.

Born in New York, Dickinson moved to Michigan as a teenager and settled in Charlotte. There, he was a teacher, farmer and school principal. Dickinson was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1886; he also served in the Michigan Senate. Dickinson was elected lt. governor in 1914, serving six terms before being elected to that office again in 1938. With the death of Governor Frank Fitzgerald on March 16, 1939, Dickinson became Michigan’s oldest governor and the only lt. governor to succeed an incumbent who died in office.

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Today in Michigan History

April 14, 1913

Gerald R. Ford was born.

Born Leslie Lynch King Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska, the future 38th president of the United States moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his mother to live with her parents following a divorce in 1914. In 1916, after his mother remarried, King was named after his stepfather, Gerald Rudolph Ford. After World War II, Ford entered a political career that led to the White House in 1974.

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Check out this week’s featured business: Bagger Dave’s

A Legend in the Making

Bagger Dave’s is known for their legendary burgers which are made from fresh, never frozen, beef.  Patrons can choose a Legend or create their own Legend from oodles of choices.   Fries are hand-cut daily and they also have Dave’s Sweet Potato Chips that are very tasty.  Although Bagger Dave’s is known for their legendary burgers, their most popular item is the Amazingly Delicious Turkey Black Bean Chili which has all-natural Michigan fresh ground turkey, fire-roasted tomatoes, onions, green peppers, a blend of secret spices, and sliced jalapeños.

Bagger Dave’s is very active in the local communities.  They have charity partners and school fundraising programs.  They believe that community giving is very important.  Bagger Dave’s also supports Michigan businesses whenever possible.  They serve the best Michigan-brewed beer on draught at all of their locations (4 on draught at a time).

Here is a list of the breweries that supply Bagger Dave’s with Michigan beer:

  • Dark Horse – Marshall
  • Founder’s – Grand Rapids
  • Bell’s Brewery – Kalamazoo
  • Arcadia Brewing Co. – Battle Creek
  • Ann Arbor Brewing Co. – Ann Arbor
  • New Holland Brewing Co. – New Holland
  • Keeweenaw Brewing – Houghton

Each location is decorated with old pictures of the city in which the restaurant resides.  This local flair is time-consuming to pull together, but makes each location unique and that much more interesting for patrons.  Bagger Dave’s has three locations: Ann Arbor, Berkley, and Novi.  A location in Brighton is in the works.

For more information or to visit a location, please visit:  www.baggerdaves.com.  You can also check out their facebook fan page:  Bagger Dave’s Legendary Burgers & Fries.

Today in Michigan History

April 13, 1896

Baseball was played at Michigan & Trumbull for the first time.

The Detroits, as the Tigers were known then, played a local semi-professional team called the Athletics. The Detroits clobbered the Athletics with a six-run first inning that helped end the game 30-3.

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Today in Michigan History

April 12, 1827

The village of Monroe was incorporated.

Monroe was first called Frenchtown by French-Canadians who cleared ribbon farms along the River Raisin in the mid-1780s. The settlement was renamed and made the county seat after a visit from President James Monroe in 1817.

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Today in Michigan History

April 9, 1924

Watervliet was incorporated as a city.

Watervliet’s earliest settlers arrived in 1833 and established a sawmill in this Berrien County community. It was named after a city in New York.

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