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Illustrated map of the state of Michigan in United States with cities and landmarks.

As we say Happy Birthday to our great state, I thought we’d look at some of the stranger names of towns and cities in Michigan.

  • Hell

    I mean, you couldn’t do this list without Hell, Michigan. Personally, it’s a destination ride for my friends and me all summer long.

    Hell, Michigan

    Complete your destination to Hell with one of our hysterical souvenirs! Tell your friends you've been to Hell and back with one of our T-shirts, coffee mugs, shot glasses, beer steins, patches, pins, unique Halloween items, and so much more! View our online shop HERE ​ And for our Veterans and active duty military, we thank you!

  • Bad Axe

    Tucked up in the thumb, this town is every guitar players dream… play a Bad Axe. Ok, bad joke. I’ll have to make my way through this town sometime.

    Home - City of Bad Axe

    The City of Bad Axe is looking for seven different groups, organizations, or businesses to adopt a walking path section. As part of adopting a section of the walking path your organization will submit ideas to the Community Events and Recreation Committee on what your...

  • Christmas

    I’ve said before that I haven’t spent much time in the U.P.. I’d love to get up to Christmas for sure. Founded in 1938, with a population of about 400, it sounds like my kind of town.


    Standing tall at the eastern entrance is the Grand Island West Channel Rear Range Light, also called the End of the Road Lighthouse.The roadside santas, stores and signs all welcome the entire family to Christmas, a "must" for your Upper Peninsula travels.

  • Free Soil

    In the western part of the upper lower, it looks like it’s a town you drive through to get anywhere. In the 2010 census, it had a population of 144. Not exactly a booming metropolis. I wonder how much land is up there?

    Free Soil, Michigan

    Submit your own pictures of this village and show them to the world OSM Map General Map Google Map MSN Map Population in 2019: 144 (0% urban, 100% rural).

  • Climax

    Climax, Michigan is due west of Detroit. Between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, it’s a little town with 767 people there upon the last census in 2010.

    HOME | village-of-climax

    The Village of Climax is a small cozy town located in Southwest Michigan. The Village of Climax is a great place to raise a family. Nice people, nice park, nice school, great place to call home! Come visit during our Memorial Day parade.

  • Jugville

    Another very small town that sounds like it was named during prohibition.

    Jugville Populated Place Profile / Newaygo County, Michigan Data

    Jugville is a populated place located within the Township of Sherman, a minor civil division (MCD) of Newaygo County. The elevation of Jugville is 801 feet. Jugville appears on the White Cloud U.S. Geological Survey Map. Newaygo County is in the Eastern Time Zone (UTC -5 hours).

  • Vulcan

    Heading back up to the U.P., almost to the Wisconsin border. That’s where you’ll find the small town of Vulcan. Just a stone’s throw from Iron Mountain, this town has around 1,500 residents.


    You will discover the hidden treasures of the great outdoors. Come an enjoy golf, skiing, snowmobiling, ATV, hiking and canoeing. Tour the Iron Mountain Iron Mine and see close up iron mining tools used dating back to 1870.

  • Paradise

    A five hour road trip in the car will get you up to Paradise, Michigan. Another U.P. destination, about 55 miles north of the bridge.

    Paradise Area Chamber of Commerce

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  • Podunk

    As you could imagine, there’s not much to this ghost town.

    There's not much to see in this "Podunk" little ghost town

    If you've ever been driving through the countryside, unsure of exactly where you are, maybe you've told a friend: "I passed some podunk town in the middle of nowhere." Many Michiganders are familiar with the saying. But there's really only one Podunk, Michigan.

  • Colon

    West of Coldwater, you’ll find Colon. Not surprising in  a state with towns called Flushing and Brown Water.

    Government | Village of Colon | United States

    History The Village of Colon is located in the eastern half of St. Joseph County. We are a little less than two square miles in area and have close to 1,200 residents. We are proudly known as the "Magic Capitol of the World" and have a rich history of magic.