Bad Axe in the lower peninsula of Michigan got its name from two men surveying the area in 1861. They found an old, damaged axe there and  used the term "Bad Axe" in their survey minutes. They also marked their trail with a sign saying "Bad Axe."

Bad Axe in the lower peninsula of Michigan got its name from two men surveying the area in They found an old, damaged axe there and used the term "Bad Axe" in their survey minutes. They also marked their trail with a sign saying "Bad Axe.

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Vintage felt pennant, Bad Axe, Michigan

Vintage Old Souvenir of Bad Axe Michigan Pennant Flag

Vintage felt pennant, Bad Axe, Michigan

In April of 1958 people driving between Elkton and Bad Axe, Michigan began seeing a strange, blue figure with a cape and blinking helmet who would suddenly appear by the side of the road at night, cavort in the glow of the headlights, and disappear. He was described as anywhere from two and ten feet tall and able to run faster than an ordinary human being. One eyewitness claimed to have seen him perched on top of a telephone pole.

In April of 1958 people driving between Elkton and Bad Axe, Michigan began…

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Bad Axe, Michigan Fair 1914

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