I took another whirlwind road trip over to the west coast of the state. I needed to some pics for my Camp Michigan project (HERE is a link if you are interested) After visiting Ludington and Pentwater I took the backroads towards home in the central part of the state. As it always does, the earth rotated away from the sun and it was getting dark so I got on US-10 and was heading east and I came to the area where the old logging town of Nirvana used to stand.
Nirvana was originally platted by Darwin Knight who became the towns first postmaster in 1874. He built the town near the Flint & Pere Marquette Railroad. I am not sure if Mr. Knight was Buddhist but he must have been fond of its beliefs. He gave the town the name of Nirvana which is the name of Buddhist highest heaven. He named the town’s hotel The Indra House, after Indra, the principal god of the Ayran-Vedic religion. When timber was king, eleven sawmills operated in the town. But like most of the towns in the area, once the timber was all cut down the sawmills moved, along with the people who worked at them.
Other than some of the people resting in peace in the local cemetery, I am thinking nothing remains from Nirvana’s timbering days. In Cherry Valley Township where Nirvana once resided, I saw this old trailer with the moon rising over the trees, I guess there still is a little bit of nirvana in the area with such a peaceful scene to end a long day of traveling the beautiful Mitten State.
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