4 Things To Know About Hell
No, I'm not talking about your job or your mother in law's house. We are talking about Hell, Michigan.
This honestly has to be one of the most interesting towns in Michigan, and I won't be able to tell you all the things Hell has to offer you in just one post.
Disclaimer: you won't have to sell your soul off to read this post or check out Hell.
Get ready for some bad puns too, because why not? Just for the hell of it, right?
- Where in the hell did they get their name? Well, there are some theories out there. Hell officially got its name on October 13th, 1841.
- The first theory is that a pair of German travelers had stepped out of their stagecoach on a sunny afternoon. One looked to the other and said, "So schön hell!" In German, this is translated to, "so beautifully bright." The locals overheard the name, and it just stuck.
- George Reeves was asked what he thought the name of the town he had helped settle should be called. His response was: "I don't care. You can name it Hell for all I care."
- The last theory, and possibly most likely, was given to the 'hell-like' conditions that had been encountered by explorers such as mosquitos, thick forest covers, and extensive wetlands.
- As mentioned above, George Reeves was one of the settlers of Hell, Michigan. Reeves owned and operated a sawmill, gristmill, distillery and tavern. Reeves had moved to the area in the 1830s from New York. His tavern and distillery had become a very good source of money, as his businesses thrived. The family later sold the land in 1924 to a group of investors from Detroit.
- Hell is actually an unincorporated community of Livingston County. What that means is that Hell has no defined boundaries or population statistics of its own. Don't worry though, you can still say you live in Hell, just southwest of Pinckney.
- Hell is actually not considered a town to the United States Government. So they don't actually have a postal service. However, you'll still be able to get your letters from Satan as Hell uses Pinckney's mailing address. Don't let it be forgotten, though, that there is U.S. Postal Substation, which resides in the back of the general store in Hell.
This never actually happened, so I figured I wouldn't include it as a bullet point. But what the hell, right? I might as well tell you one last fun fact. At one point, Henry Ford had considered buying the land and building some manufacturing facilities around it. Clearly, though, that never happened. But could you imagine saying your Ford came from Hell?
Now, the next time you tell your friend to go to hell, you had better be talking about Hell, Michigan because they do have a lot to offer, such as an annual hearse festival, the Hell Hole Dinner, the Crematory at Screams ice cream shop, the hell saloon. And I can't forget about this one: Damnation University. You can also get married in Hell. Sounds like the start of something good, right? Instead of "Bridezillas", why not "My Wedding In Hell."
All jokes aside though, Hell is a small and nice little town (even if it's technically not one), with over 400 acres of campgrounds, lakes, recreational picnic areas, and biking and hiking trails.
As Tim Allen would never say, but we are going to say, your next trip begins at gotohellmi.com.