Michigan Ghost Towns

Michigan ghost towns exist as empty holes in the ground. Nothing remains of the home our town except a stone cellar. Sometimes you can see old, broken bottles, or bits of pottery shards, the only reminders that once upon a time, there was a family, or a town that had lived there.


If you love American history, you and your family can search out these old home sites. It’s an exciting adventure that will give you the opportunity to understand how difficult it was for those first pioneers to live under harsh conditions.

Do you enjoy metal detecting? If so, then searching for these lost Michigan ghost towns will give you the opportunity to find some exciting relics from the past. This page explains where some of the ghost towns exist.

How to locate these eastern ghost towns is completely explained throughout my website. You can begin your search for Michigan ghost towns by visiting my homepage here.

And if you are interested in viewing a video trailer of my TV series “Ghost Towns of the East” please visit here.

Here is a list of some of those gone but not forgotten towns. Have fun, and good luck in your search for Michigan ghost towns.

Michigan Ghost Towns By County

Alger County

Hallston, is located approximately 1 ½ miles southwest of Munising.

Onata, is located approximately 4 miles east of Deerton.

Ridge, is located approximately 5 miles west of Munising.

Antrim County

Atwood, is approximately 5 miles west of Ellsworth.

Comfort, is approximately 4 miles south of Bellaire.

Arenac County

Maple Ridge, is located approximately 3 miles south of Prescott.

Umstead, is located approximately 4 miles west of Au Gres.

Baraga County

Bellaire, is located approximately 4 miles northwest of Assinins.

Pequaming, is located approximately 7 ½ miles north of L’Anse.

Vermilac, is located approximately 4 miles east of Covington.

Benzie County

Allyn, is located approximately 4 ½ miles southwest of Lake Ann.

Weldon, is located approximately 4 miles northwest of Thompsonville.

Charlevoix County

Belvedere, is located approximately 1 mile south of Charlevoix.

Doyles, is located approximately 2 miles southeast of Boyne City.

Chippewa County

Bay Mills, is located approximately 2 ½ miles north of Brimley.

Strongville, is located approximately 6 miles south of Kinross.

Tone, is located approximately 4 miles northwest of Stirlingville.

Clare County

Austa, is located approximately 4 ½ miles west of Leota

Summit, is located approximately 4 miles southeast of Lake George.

Delta County

Ensign, is located approximately 5 miles southeast of Rapid River.

Isabella, is located approximately 5 miles west of Garden Corners.

Stonington, is located approximately 4 ½ miles east of Escanaba.

Dickinson County

Calumet Mine, is located approximately 4 ½ miles west of Foster City.

Henderson, is located approximately 2 miles east of Turner.

Randville, is located approximately 11 miles north of Iron Mountain.

Emmet County

Bogardus, is located approximately 3 ½ miles southwest of Van.

Good Hart, is located approximately 13 miles north of Harbor Springs.

Iosco County

Bryant, is located approximately 3 miles south of Kurtz.

Doan, is located approximately 3 miles sout of Cooke.

Huron County

Glencoe, is located approximately 8 miles west of Port Hope.

Soule, is located approximately 3 miles south of Pinnebog.

Kalkaska County

Barker Creek, is located approximately 8 miles northwest of Kalkaska.

Darragh, is located approximately 9 miles south of Mancelona.

Sharon, is located approximately 4 miles northwest of Whiskey Lake.Lake County

Bristol, is located approximately 5 miles west of Tustin.

Wolf Lake, is located approximately 6 miles north of Baldwin.

Manistee County

Bear Creek, is located approximately 6 ½ miles east of Onekama.

Florence, is located approximately 3 miles west of Dublin.

Mecosta County

Byers, is located approximately 5 miles southeast of Big Rapids.

Sylvester, is located approximately 4 ½ miles south of Mecosta.

Midland County

Alamando, is located approximately 2 miles northwest of North Bradley.

Floyd, is located approximately 2 ½ miles northwest of Gordonville.

Oceana County

Peachville, is located approximately 3 miles southeast of Crystal Valley.

Wager, is located approximately 7 miles west of Hesperia.

Ogemaw County

Canfield, is located approximately 6 miles southwest of Hale.

Edward, is located approximately 5 miles southwest of West Branch.

Sage, is located approximately 4 ½ miles northeast of Selkirk.

Osceola County

Dewings, is located approximately 2 miles north of Ashton.

Wings, is located approximately 6 miles southwest of Evart.

Saginaw County

Dice, is located approximately 2 miles north of Frost.

Lakefield is located approximately 4 miles south of Merrill.

Verne, is located approximately 2 miles north of Burt.

Tuscola County

Atwood, is located approximately 2 miles north of Caro.

Ellington, is located approximately 5 miles northeast of Caro.

Wexford County

Baxter, is located approximately 4 miles south of Summit City.

South Branch, is located approximately 3 miles northwest of Hoxeyville.

Thorp, is located approximately 7 miles east of Wellston.

And remember, these are just a few of the hundreds of other Michigan ghost towns.

You can discover many more in your drives, or hikes by paying attention to the signs of a nearby old town. Those signs, and how to look for them I have wrote about in detail in my report, "Gone But Not Forgotten, Ghost Towns of the Eastern States."



In this ebook, learn how to locate the eastern ghost towns by recognizing certain signs. And if you enjoy metal detecting, read about a real ghost town mini cache my partner John located. Available only as an instant download.

Searching for Michigan ghost towns and then using a metal detector to locate old relics is a great adventure. Be sure to visit the rest of my website for more information regarding metal detecting.