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Bay City To Bad Axe To Parisville (#54) And Paris Township (#55)

Courtyard By Marriott ($130)

Bay City, Michigan

May 27, 2022

Today is warmer than it has been but just as cloudy. And this is the kind of cloudy that makes everything gray. Ugh.

As January 2021, there were a total of 1,481 wind turbines in Michigan with a nameplate capacity of 2,549 MW.

The old and the new.

I have seen a lot of American flags leading up to this Memorial Day weekend. Great to see.

Bad Axe is a city in Michigan and the county seat of Huron County in the Thumb region of the Lower Peninsula. The population was 3,129 at the 2010 census, making it the largest community in Huron County and second largest in the Upper Thumb, after Caro.

The city was established in 1905. The city's unusual name dates to the time of its settlement. While surveying the first state road through the Huron County wilderness in 1861, Rudolph Papst and George Willis Pack made camp at the future site of the city and found a much-used and badly damaged axe. At Pack's suggestion, Papst used the name “Bad Axe Camp” in the minutes of the survey and on a sign he placed along the main trail. The first post office in Bad Axe was established in 1870.

Fun that a town this size still has an old-time operating movie theater.

Parisville is an unincorporated community in Paris Township of Huron County of Michigan. It is located about seven miles east of Ubly at 43°42′50.05″N 82°47′58.8″W.

Parisville is notable as one of the first Polish American settlements in the United States, having arrived around 1848. Parisville was named after Paris, Ontario by early settlers who lived in the Canadian town for a short period before moving on to the United States. Once a thriving community with numerous businesses, Parisville is now a quiet community of around 2 dozen homes and St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Paris Township is a civil township of Huron County in Michigan. The population was 557 at the 2000 census. Paris Township was established in 1839.


  • Cracow is an unincorporated community at Priemer and Polk Roads in the Township. Founded in 1862 by Polish settlers who named it after the Polish city. On June 8, 1869, a post office was opened with Frank Buchkowski as its first postmaster. The post office was closed on April 10, 1987.

  • Crosby is an unincorporated community in the township. It had a post office starting in 1870 and was first named Bowen Station.

  • Parisville, an unincorporated community formed in 1856, is one of the oldest Polish American settlements in the United States. It, and its township, Paris Township, are named after Paris, Ontario where many of the Poles lived, before moving to the "Thumb" of Michigan.

  • Pawlowski is an unincorporated community at Priemer and Parisville Roads in the Township.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.1 square miles (93 km2), all land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 557 people, 204 households, and 138 families residing in the township. The population density was 15.4 per square mile (6.0/km2). There were 230 housing units at an average density of 6.4 per square mile (2.5/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 98.03% White, 0.18% Native American, and 1.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.26% of the population.

There were 204 households, out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.8% were married couples living together, 3.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.45.

In the township the population was spread out, with 33.2% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.7 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $32,321, and the median income for a family was $41,364. Males had a median income of $29,500 versus $19,643 for females. The per capita income for the township was $14,714. About 9.9% of families and 13.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.3% of those under age 18 and 18.3% of those age 65 or over.

On the drive back to Bay City:

I was tempted by this nice hole course in Gageville. But the place looked a bit overgrown and there were only two cars in the parking lot. I'll save my back for a better outing.

A beautiful home in Bay City.

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