You may not know that I work on the Bay County Historical Society's Trolley committee. We create and present different tours about various parts of the city:
East Lumber Boom Town(2pm on scheduled Saturdays)
goes through downtown Bay City and then gives riders the chance to see many of the lumbermen's homes up and down Center
The South End(2pm on scheduled Saturdays)
focuses on Portsmouth with its' heavy Polish, Irish, German background and the unique neighborhoods
The Westside(2pm on scheduled Saturdays)
highlights the homes and businesses in old West Bay City
Cemetery Tour(2pm on scheduled Saturdays)
Visits Potters Field (the first cemetery), Pine Ridge and Elm Lawn Cemetery pointing out individuals, customs, cemetery art and end-of-life traditions in Bay City.
Ghosts and Legends(2pm on scheduled Saturdays)
Retells the tales of Joe Fournier and Steve Madjai, lumberjacks and bad men of other eras. Lets travelers in on ghostly experiences of some local people and fills in the folklore of the city.
Ghosts up Close(at 4PM the first Saturday of the summer months-weather permitting)
Our first walking tour of downtown Bay City. Hell's Half Mile roars again as we talk about blind pigs, pretty waiter girls and the characters who walked Water Street. We walk in the very spots where murders took place and where some have experienced ghostly apparitions
The Trolley leaves from the Antique Center on Water Street every Saturday at 2PM for the hour and one half tour.
Well, as I mentioned, the first Ghosts up Close tour took place last Saturday, I conducted it as we talked about Dr. Walterhouse and the Bay City Hospital. We passed the old Pere Marquette station where so much had taken place. We stood in the spot where Floyd Ackerman's killer had walked and searched the horizon for Skull Island. A good time was had by all.