Irish Hills Area - Brooklyn MI 

Address: US-12
City: Brooklyn
State: MI
Zip: 49230
County: Jackson
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General Information:

The Irish Hills were first named by the Irish immigrants who settled in the green, rolling hills after escaping the Potato Famine of 1846. The area was predominately farms and orchards until the 1920s when it became a popular tourist destination. The Irish Hills has more lakes than can be named on two hands. Devils and Round Lake, Loch Erin and Sand Lake are local favorites, and on a hot summer day are filled to the brim with all sorts of activity.

From Wikipedia

Irish Hills is an area of land located roughly in southeastern Jackson County and northwest Lenawee County in Southeast Michigan. It was named after the numerous Irish immigrants who settled there from 1830 until 1850.

Today it is known throughout the state for its scenery, especially in the summer. Its hills and larger kettle lakes surround the 654-acre (2.65 km2) Hayes State Park.

It is also known for its chain of smaller kettle lakes bordered by US Highway 12 (US 12, Michigan Avenue). These link to Cambridge Junction Historic State Park, which is adjoined by the Michigan International Speedway. Twin towers in Irish Hills

Irish Hills has a number of resorts. It had several family-oriented locations, including an old west theme park known as Stagecoach Stop USA and a mock dinosaur exhibit named Prehistoric Forest, both of which subsequently closed. In 2013, however, Stagecoach Stop was reopened as a resort, and is now called Stagecoach Stop Western Resort. As of 2015, Mystery Hill, a gravity hill, was still in operation. Attempts are being made to save the observation towers known as the Irish Hills Towers. The area is home to several family-owned restaurants and bars. There are several places to lodge, mostly located along the lakefront.

The Michigan International Speedway hosts NASCAR races, attracting about 300,000 fans a year during the racing season of June and August. The Faster Horses Festival takes place in July in Irish Hills.

Some towns in Irish Hills include Brooklyn, Napoleon, Norvell and Onsted.

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Info Updates:
2/22/2014 - Dennis Gibbs
Adrian Daily Telegram, 2/22/2014: Two entrepreneurs are working to breathe new life into the former Stagecoach Stop USA property. Ron Noel and partner Jessica Poore bought the property In November and have been cleaning it up. Stagecoach stop opened in 1965 and closed in September 2007 after a steady decline in visitors.
9/2/2013 - WaterWinterWonderland
The Irish Hills area runs along US-12 in Lenawee County. The area was originally settled by Irish immigrants in in the early to mid 1800's. As US-12 was once the main route from Detroit to Chicago, many tourist attractions popped up over the years. Once I-94 became the preferred route, many of the them fell on hard times. Mystery Hill, a classic attraction, remains open. Most of the various fun parks and other attractions are still standing but are sadly falling into disrepair.
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