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Brimley, Michigan: Old Indian Burial Ground

Helpful Old Indian Burial Ground sign. Currently closed to tourists, but it's next to the road and you can see the dead's spirit houses over the fence.

12190 W. Lakeshore Dr, Brimley, MI
From Brimley drive north on MI-221 until it ends. Turn left at the blinker light and drive west on Lakeshore Drive for 4.5 miles. The cemetery, overgrown by trees, is on the right. Gated, visible from street.
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Old Indian Burial Ground.

Old Indian Burial Ground

Northwest of Brimley along the Lake Superior shoreline is Bay Mills. The area is home to the Bay Mills Indian tribe. Along the road is an old Indian Cemetery and according to the sign in the back it was established in 1841. The graves are covered with wooden spirit houses. The wooden houses are built to protect the body as the soul passes to the spirit world. Many times relatives would leave food and tools for the deceased loved one to use as they travel to the spirit world.

The cemetery grounds are not open for entry by the public, but it is next to the road.

[Michelle Roemhild, 09/06/2023]

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