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Mancelona, Michigan: Deadman's Hill Scenic Overlook

Pleasant, elevated vista linked to a 1910 tragedy: logger Stanley Graczyk missed his wedding because he was busy getting accidentally crushed to death by a timber-loaded wagon he was driving on this ridge. Big sign tells the sad tale.

Deadman's Hill Rd, Mancelona, MI
12 mi. north of Mancelona on west side of US-131 in northern lower Michigan.
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Deadman's Hill sign.

Deadman's Hill Scenic Overlook

Go through the parking lot, follow the path around back. Need to walk the rest of the way.

[Dori Oxford, 05/22/2019]

Scenic overlook.

Deadman's Hill Scenic Overlook

A beautiful vista and something of a memorial to a young logger named Stanley Graczyk. On May 20, 1910, Stan was to marry his childhood sweetheart, and on that morning he was working the steep ridges of the Jordan River Valley with his crew. Poor Stanley never made it to the altar. He was driving a team of horses and a "big wheel" loaded with timber down the ridge, when the huge cart slipped out of control and ran over him, killing him instantly.

It's been called Dead Man's Hill ever since. Today it's a scenic spot with views of much of the Jordan River Watershed. Also over 18 miles of hiking trails.

[Kate, 11/05/2012]

May 2019: Photo added.

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