Hell, Michigan, a little town on its way up!
Hell, Michigan is actually an unincorporated community in Putnam Township, MI, with a population of 266. It's about 15 miles northwest of Ann Arbor, MI.
I've been there a few times, it is about a half hour's drive from my home. My first impression of Hell was, "Wow, it's GORGEOUS here!" It has rolling hills, trees and horse farms. I was pretty perplexed at how it got such a negative name.
So, how did Hell get its name? From Wikipedia:
"There are two leading theories cited by residents for the origin of Hell's name:
The first holds that a pair of German travelers stepped out of a stagecoach one sunny afternoon in the 1830s, and one said to the other, "So schön und hell!" - translated as, "So beautiful and bright!" Their comments were overheard by some locals and the name stuck.
The second holds that after Michigan gained statehood, George Reeves was asked what he thought the town he helped settle should be called, and replied, "I don't care, you can name it Hell for all I care." The name became official on October 13, 1841.
A third possibility is that the town was named after Hell, Norway."
Hell's most famous landmarks are Hell's Country Store , where you can purchase hot sauce, T-shirts and probably best of all, a postcard to mail to your friends, postmarked from, "Hell."
Then there's Scream's Ice Cream, where Erik Reichenbach from, "Survivor" worked. You can enjoy an ice cream cone while you peruse their shop, which looks like a Hallmark Halloween store, all year round...kids (of all ages) just love this place!
Oh and the burning question you all have...does Hell ever freeze over?
Sorry to disappoint, How about this instead? * It's the most expensive home for sale, at $2,100,000!
I think this one is the best deal around at $199,900!*
Here is the description, from the selling agent, Michelle Vedder from Real Estate One:
"HORSE LOVERS PARADISE. HUGE BARN W/ 16 STALLS, HAYLOFT, TWO TACK ROOMS, BIRTHING STALLS,TWO WATER HYDRANTS. APPROX 6.5 ACRES OF PASTURE/PADDOCK AREA. HOUSE IS VERY OPEN WITH HARDWOOD FLOORS, CHERRY CABINETS, JENNAIR DOUBLE OVEN, COOKTOP & FRIG. HUGE MASTER WITH WALK IN SHOWER W/ DOUBLE HEADS. FANTASTIC VIEW OF 15TH HOLE AT TIMBER TRACE GOLF COURSE. BIGGER THAN LOOKS, OWNER IS AGENT."
Open floor plan, gorgeous floors, lots of lighting...
Beautiful hearth on this fireplace!
I told you it was pretty here!
I mean, really, look at that sunset...looks heavenly to me! What's in a name? Perhaps just letters...
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* These homes are in Putnam Township, MI, however, I am not sure if they are in Hell, MI or not...since Hell is not really on the map and no listings on realtor.com list the city as "Hell". Sort of like the missing 13th floors in many sky scrapers. But frankly, I wouldn't mind living there, like I said, it's a gorgeous place, no matter what the hell they call it ;)