Today in Michigan History

January 13, 1862

Governor Austin Blair approved a joint resolution asking Michigan’s congressional delegation to use their influence to assist the exchange of prisoners of war.

The legislative request focused on obtaining the release of Colonel Orlando B. Willcox, who had languished in a southern prison since his capture on July 21, 1861, at the Battle of First Bull Run. Commander of the First Michigan Infantry Regiment, Willcox was finally exchanged on August 19, 1862. The following day, promoted to brigadier general. Years after the war, he received the Medal of Honor for heroism at First Bull Run.

Thank you Michigan Start Pages for this glimpse into our past.  See more here.


Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite MI Holiday Traditions

Based on the input from our readers, here are the Top Ten Favorite Michigan Holiday Traditions:

10. Putting up the lights before it gets too cold or snowy

9. Snow

8. Gary Lane Lights & the house with the lights set to music

7. Bronner’s/Frankenmuth

6. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

5. Making cookies

4. Visiting Santa at Kellogg Park

3. Driving down Lakeshore Dr. to see the lights

2. The food

1. The Wayne County Lightfest (Hines Dr.)


Top Ten Tuesday – Mi Thanksgiving Traditions

Based on the input from our readers, here are the Top Ten Michigan Thanksgiving Traditions:

10. Leftovers!!

9. Preparing for Black Friday

8. The overstuffed drive home

7. Spending time with the Family

6. Pumpkin Pie

5. Turkey & Mashed Potatoes

4. Watching non-Lions football

3. Putting up Holiday decorations the day after

2. Watching America’s Thanksgiving Parade

1. Watching the Lions Game


A Scary Good Time In Romeo

Tillson Street in Romeo has been serving up the scary for around 20 years now.  In fact, in the last few years the haunted street has become so popular that the average house gets 2000 plus trick-or-treaters!

If you live in the area, this is a must see Halloween attraction.  To check out pictures from years past and see the report Fox 2 Detroit did on October 27th of the scary street, click here.

T-shirts are available for purchase and all proceeds go to academic and athletic scholarships for Romeo High School students.

Tillson Street residents are AMAZING Michiganders!!!


What’s Your Favorite Michigan Halloween Memory?

Here at Michigan is Amazing we are looking for your input on our next Top Ten List.

To celebrate Halloween, this week we want you to tell us what’s your favorite Michigan Halloween memory.   This will be a little different, so make sure you leave your name, so you can get credit for your memory.  Leave a comment or send us an email (

The list will be up next Tuesday!


Today in Michigan History

October 28, 1912

Man and woman got married “on the fly.”

Art Smith and Aimee Cour left Fort Wayne, Indiana, in a biplane. After crash-landing on the campus of Hillsdale College, the injured couple went to a Presbyterian church where they were married, completing the first aerial elopement.

Thank you Michigan Start Pages for this glimpse into our past.  See more here.