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    Hello, and welcome to our little chunk of Michigan! Our family lives in what is referred to as the "Thumb Area" of Michigan.  If you hold up your right hand and look at your thumb, Huron County is at the tip, surrounded by Lake Huron.  Bad Axe, our home town, is in the center of the tip.  I am working on making this site a small representation of the community that I work and play in, as well as link to some interesting sites around the state. 


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  I get asked about the name "Bad Axe" a lot, so here's the short version on the history of it's name:

    Bad Axe, the county seat, had it's beginnings in the wilderness around 1865, when a military surveyor, Captain Randolph Pabst,  named a camp site at the meeting of two major trails "Bad Axe Camp", supposedly after an old axe left at the campsite by local hunters.  From "Bad Axe Camp" to "Bad Axe Corners", and then finally incorporated as the village, "Bad Axe",  on March 19, 1885, the name still stands  today.  Several attempts to change the name occurred in the early years, but Captain Pabst, a survivor of 22 major battles in the Civil War, came back from his home in Lexington twice to demand preservation of the name.   An old axe-head, embedded in a small section of a tree,  is displayed at the Bad Axe Public Library yet today.

Gerry Prich 


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Bad Axe Band Boosters

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