Haunted Trail – Michigan’s Thumbcoast
Have you ever gotten an eerie feeling from somewhere?
According to some mortals, ghost haunts and paranormal activity is prevalent in Michigan’s Thumb. If you dare, take this self-guided tour of the spine-tingling locations we dug up in Michigan’s Thumbcoast. Make your final arrangements for a visit* and be sure to share your stories at #DISCOVERTHEBLUE
The 10 Haunted
2. Marine City Hall was the former location of the city offices. Today, it remains vacant of the living for renovations. According to the Friends of City Hall members, a haunt was present and they called in a paranormal investigation group.
Photo | Marine City Hall
3. Built in 1836, Murphy Inn is one of the state’s oldest inns. Guests can still rent a room here, if you dare. There are accounts of a haunting presence in the overnight rooms and the basement. Story & videos by John Robinson.
Photo | WFMK
4. The Kammer Cabin, built in the 1850’s, has long thought to be haunted. This cabin was move here from Casco Township, maybe the move or its former life had a spooky history. Join Detroit Rock City’s Paranormal Investigation Oct. 30, 2021 of the cabin and Carnegie Museum. Advanced tickets are required.
5. The Carnegie Center as unexplained paranormal phenomena reported. Objects have been thrown across the room, spooky voices & unexplained music playing. These haunted may be tied to the historical artifacts on display, such as the iron lung.
How Many Believe?
“45% of Americans believe in ghosts and as many as 18% of people will go so far as to say they’ve had contact with a ghost.”Scientific American’s ‘6 Possible Scientific Reasons for Ghosts’ article, February 2019.
6. It’s no surprise that Michigan’s oldest lighthouse, built in 1829 for the second time, has a few haunts. Join Detroit Rock City’s investigation on Oct. 22, 2021 and see if they uncover any activity using a variety of techniques and equipment. Tickets on Eventbrite, limited availability.
8. The Sanilac County Historic Museum grounds are said to be haunted and will be investigated by Detroit Paranormal this fall. The Loop-Harrison Mansion, dated from 1872 and formerly owned by the village physician, the church and the Huckins Schoolhouse, dated 1847, have had apparitions reported by employees and guests.
9. Minnie Quay is still a legend to many almost 150 years after her death. Many claim to have seen her walking the shoreline of Lake Huron in the quiet town of Forester. Her grave is heavily visited and many trinkets are left by visitors. Visit the Facebook page dedicated to telling her story, a book (Dead Reckoning) or visit Lost in Michigan, Find a Grave for additional stories.
10. The spirit of Catherine Shook, Michigan’s first female light-keeper, is said to haunt the Point Aux Barques Lighthouse. This light is located at the tip of Michigan’s Thumb overlooking Lake Huron. This site was investigated by East Michigan Paranormal Society according to Huron County Parks or visit Lost in Michigan for their take on it.
*Never enter a private property or public properties after posted open hours. Respect all locations and those that live around where you visit. Do not leave anything behind that may be considering littering. Do not take a memento or keepsake from the places you visit.