Posted by: Kath Usitalo | March 20, 2012

Michigan Springtime Trivia

Our yarden's first crocus of 2012 (photo by TJ)

Happy Spring!

Time for a round-up of spring-related places across Michigan.

The town name info is from my trusty resource, Michigan Place Names by Walter Romig. His book includes two dozen past and present locations with the name “Spring” in them (Spring Hill, Spring Mill, Springville among them). Like Spring Arbor in Jackson County many towns, as you might have guessed, were named for flowing wells or springs in the area.

Here’s a sampling of other spring-ish sites across the state:

Bloomer, Montcalm County: Named in 1852 after a shocking event, a dance, at which several local ladies arrived dressed in bloomers.

Big Spring, Kitch-iti-kipi, Michigan’s largest natural spring; in the Upper Peninsula near Manistique

Mike, the Eaton Spring Guru

Cedar Springs, Kent County: First settled in 1855, named for the cedar growth and plentiful spring waters. Known for manufacturing underwear, celebrated annually at the Red Flannel Festival each fall

Eaton-Detroit Spring, Inc., has been making automobile springs since 1937 and the company has its own Spring Guru named Mike

Harbor Springs, Emmet County: Known as L’Arbre Croche for the crooked tree at the site of an Ottawa village, it was renamed in 1881 for the natural springs in the area.

May, Tuscola County: A railroad stop near Holland, named in 1876

Robbins, Ontonagon County: A settlement built around the Robbins Lumber Company in 1891

Yankee Springs Recreation Area, Middleville (west of Lansing) preserve where you can camp, hike, ride your horse or mountain bike, fish and look for wildlife

For springtime events and info about travel in Michigan click: Pure Michigan

The clear waters of The Big Spring, Upper Peninsula

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