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MICHIGAN GHOST TOWN: The Once-Booming Town of Brinton

The Michigan ghost town of Brinton is located in Isabella County in Coldwater Township. It was founded in 1862, named “Letson” after storekeeper & (later) postmaster Sam Letson. It was renamed on 1886 after Oscar Brinton, whoever the heck THAT was.

Between 1862 and 1910, Brinton boasted many businesses: blacksmith, church, drug store, farm implement shop, hardware store, harness maker, hotel, two general stores, grocery store, meat market and various saloons. All that stands today is a church and an old hotel that was turned into a home.

While the town was still hot, people from all over would come to Brinton to enjoy Saturday night dances and parties

So what happened? Fire. Most of (if not all) the businesses burned to the ground and seemingly no effort was made to rebuild the once prosperous town.

The Brinton cemetery is north of town and it’s interesting to see the old gravemarkers of the people who originally settled that town…and died for it.

I drove through Brinton and explored it a few years ago, and it’s an interesting little stop, if you know a few things about it first. Well, NOW you do!

Pay a visit…make it a short stop during your Michigan roadtrip this summer!

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