Michigan Ghost Towns of the Lower Peninsula


The former village of Averill, famous during the early logging days of Michigan and the Saginaw Valley, lays in a built up business section bordering old U.S. 10 highway between Sanford and Midland.  Present day signs advertising a lumber yard, cocktail lounge, and other business places named "Red Keg" are the only reminders of the notorious saloon with a whiskey keg mounted on a pole and painted red that inspired lumberjacks to call the place "Red Keg."  The Valley's most notorious fight between Silver Jack Driscoll and Big Joe Fournier occurred in this saloon.  This and many other tales of forgotten history await readers in this fascinating volume.