Michigan Myths and Legends


Fourteen mind-boggling tales from the Great Lakes State!

In the summer of 1985, the discovery of a ring of boulders on Lake Michigan's biggest island sparked a huge controversy.  Were the stones placed there on purpose, or was their placement a random act of nature?  If the ring is man-made, who created it, when was it made, and what was its purpose?

Night after night, curious onlookers congregate on a remote hill near the Michigan-Wisconsin border to watch for mysterious lights that rise out of the ground, hover, and disappear.  Are the orbs merely optical phenomena created by headlights of passing cars?  Or are they spirits returning to haunt where their earthly bodies met their demise?

In the mid-1960s, the number of reports to the U.S. Air Force of UFO sightings spiked across the country.  Were people seeing unfamiliar technological innovations in aircraft? Had the rising popularity of the new-fangled television's sci-fi programs sparked Americans' imaginations? Or were extraterrestrial beings actually responding to signals from newly constructed deep-space radio transmitters?

From missing pirate treasure to the inspiration for Rosie the Riveter, Michigan Myths and Legends makes history fun and pulls back the curtain on some of the state's most fascinating and compelling stories.