Author Douglas Scott Brookes has written a new book called, “Up North: St. Louis’s Summer Colonies on Lake Huron in the Golden Age of Travel.” In the book, Brookes talks about the heyday of Lake Huron beaches, between 1880 and 1950, when summer vacationers from St. Louis would make the trek to the beaches of Lake Huron. These vacations eventually became family traditions that have stood the test of time.
According to the Detroit News:
“In 1880, Huronia Beach was the first to be settled just north of Port Huron with local entrepreneurs buying up the lakefront property and putting small wooden cottages just 12 feet apart on the lots. Land agent Marcus Young ballyhooed “Huronia Beach Camp” in newspaper ads aimed at prospective vacationers living in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Kansas City, Mo.; Louisville, Ky.; and Detroit, but he had the most success luring St. Louis families (that didn’t change until the late teens, when Detroiters outnumbered those from St. Louis).”
You may purchase Douglas Scott Brookes’ new book on Amazon, and make sure to add it to your AccuTeach shelf.