This Southeast Michigan Resort Area Also Doubles As A Ghost Town
Ever since I was a little kid I've been coming to Evens Lake to my Aunt's cottage and spent countless summers swimming and spending time with family. It's been some time since I've been back so over the 4th of July weekend, it was nice to return to a place that's always felt like home. But upon entering the town, I started to realize there were so many abandoned attractions along the road. From the Prehistoric Dinosaur Park, to the observatory towers/ putt putt course, and even temporarily the Mystery Spot. What Happened?
This resort area which includes the towns Brooklyn, Napoleon, Norvell and Onsted is still full of things to do, but this particular stretch of road on US-12 in Onstead has become inhabited by insects and possibly, the spirits of visitors who once roamed the building. Upon asking a resident why all these amazing attractions closed, I learned why this may have happened:
When some of these places first opened you couldn't believe the amount of people who would visit. But I think the inflating prices is really what caused them to close. When you've got a family of 4-6 people and tickets costing you $20-$30 a piece, there's just no way you can manage that, so they really cost themselves by increasing their prices. -Helen G.-
One attraction that still thrives through all of the closures however is the Stagecoach attraction, which is booked year round and even hosts wedding parties as well. Next time I head back I'm gonna take a closer look at this unique piece of history that I spent a lot of time at as a kid.