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RETRO KIMMER'S BLOG: DETROIT'S DELICIOUSLY DIFFERENT DRINK: VERNOR'S GINGER ALE

According to company legend, prior to the start of the American Civil War, while a clerk at the Higby & Sterns drugstore in Detroit, James Vernor experimented with flavors in an attempt to duplicate a popular ginger ale imported from Dublin, Ireland. Vernor's Ginger Ale - 'Woody' the Vernor's Gnome has been the brand's mascot used from the turn of the century until 1987. He returned after a hiatus in 2002. When Vernor was called off to serve in the war, he stored the syrup base of 19…

Remembering the Michigan Blizzard of 1978

Blizzard of ’78 – Somerset, MI, photo by Bill The most extensive and very nearly the most severe blizzard in Michigan history raged January 26, 1978 and into part of Friday January 27. …

Some towns in Michigan have interesting stories behind their unusual names. Have you visited any of these Michigan towns?

1. Bad Axe – Oddly enough, Bad Axe is named after the very thing its moniker references. Located in the Thumb area south of Port Austin, it was named by surveyors helping to build the first state road. When the men set up camp in the area, they found an old, broken axe on the ground. Not feeling...