I found this little old shack near Thompsonville. I find these old houses like this through out northern Michigan. It makes you wonder about when they were built and who lived there. I am sure traveling around northern Michigan back in those days was not as easy as it is now.
Driving around the thumb this morning I found this ornate house near Watrousville Mi and figured this was not your average farm house. I did a little research and found out it’s on the national list of historic places and it was the home of Richard C. Burtis.
from the Registry
”The Burtis House is one of the finest examples of Second Empire architecture in Tuscola County and represents the prosperity of its owner. The house was built from 1879 to 1880 for Richard C. Burtis, a shoemaker and one of the area’s most prominent landowners. Maintained as a residence, the building has undergone no major alterations and retains its original character.”
the current owners are in the process of renovating it, you can follow their progress on facebook HERE
I was in the little town of Manton north of Cadillac and in the middle of town was this old mill along the railroad tracks. I think a lot of towns in Michigan are built around an old grain elevator or train station. when I saw the “Save The Mill” sign it made me think of how many small communities are struggling to save their heritage. Another good reason to get off the expressway and see what you can find.
Traveling down us 10 about 30 miles north west of Clare I went thru this little town of Lake Station. Out of the corner of my eye I saw this old trailer parked next to the post office. It looks as if it has been there a long time, I imagine someone dropped it off with an old truck which was new at the time, and it has been there watching new houses and buildings being built around it.