Posted by: Kath Usitalo | January 22, 2010

Read All About It: Quirky Michigan

Strange Michigan rests on one of TJ's tire sculptures, which our neighbors would probably recommend for the next edition

A ghostly hitchhiker near Coopersville…a pink elephant in the woods…The Lake Superior Monster. I thought I knew a lot about the state, but I’ve been learning more thanks to a Christmas gift, “Strange Michigan: More Wolverine Weirdness.” The book inspires revision of the state motto* to, “If you seek a peculiar peninsula, look about you.”

Ritch Branstrom's artwork is strange enough to be included in the book

The authors, Linda S. Godfrey and Lisa A. Shiel, fill more than 190 pages with stories, photos and illustrations of oddball roadside attractions, personalities, and UFO sightings and ghost stories contributed by very sincere-sounding eye witnesses.

Tales of haunted hotels and encounters with a variety of Big Foot-like creatures make a good read on a winter evening, and could come in handy as a guide to adding some fun detours to a road trip.

“Strange Michigan” is a sequel to “Weird Michigan” by Linda and 2 other writers; both are available at bookstores and at

* Michigan’s official motto, which appears on the state flag is, “Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice.” “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.”

McCourtie Park with its faux-wood bridges made of cement rates space in Strange Michigan



  1. Fun! I’m going to order both of them!

    • You will have plenty of material to entertain and amaze your friends 😉

  2. I’m glad you enjoyed the book. Thanks for your kind words about it! Stop by my blog Strange Michigan for stories and photos that didn’t make it into the book:

    Lisa A. Shiel
    co-author of Strange Michigan

    • And wait! There’s more! Interesting “Bones of Contention” post. Heck, it’s all interesting.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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