Blasts from the Past

How did Emmet County get named for an Irish patriot?

With St. Patrick’s Day upon us March 17, Emmet County’s most recent Blast from the Past video email takes a look at how the county was named for an Irish patriot, Robert Emmet, back in the mid-1800s. The name “Emmet County” replaced the county’s previous name of Tonedagana County, a name derived from a Cross Village Odawa war chief.

In the video below, two members of the Petoskey-based Robert Emmet Society explain a little bit about Robert Emmet and how he came to be the namesake of a county in Northern Michigan. Speaking in the video are (on left) Ed Karmonn, owner of the County Emmet Celtic shop downtown Petoskey, and Jim Gillespie, the founder of the Blissfest Music Festival.

A longer version of the video with even more details about the Irish connection and Emmet can be found on YouTube by clicking here. If you would like to sign up for the free monthly video Blasts from the Past about Emmet County’s history, email [email protected].


Snowmakers going full blast at local ski areas

Nub’s Nob Ski Area in Harbor Springs has continually landed on “Best of” lists around the country for their famous snowmaking abilities and world-class skiing – including in such prestigious publications as Ski and Parents magazines. So how do they do what they do so well? In the video below, Nub’s long-time General Manager Jim Bartlett reveals the ingredients it takes to mimic Mother Nature well: temperatures below 28 degrees, lots and lots of water (5,000 gallons per minute!) and an extremely talented team of dedicated snowmakers.

And did you know that the largest snowgun in the world is located right here in Emmet County? The Nub’s crew calls it “The Hammer” and you can see it in action in the video below. The video is posted on the County’s YouTube site and will be distributed via email to those registered for regular “Blasts from the Past” video emails produced by the County. To register for the Blasts and to learn more about the County’s many unique assets and their importance in our community, email [email protected]


Blast from the Past: History and mystery at the Terrace Inn

The 101-year-old Terrace Inn, in the historic community of Bay View, has a colorful history and tales of mystery that have persisted through the decades. Current owners Patty Rasmussen and Mo Rave will be hosting a Ghost Hunters weekend Oct. 26-28 at the Inn with authors who travel to Michigan’s haunted spots. Hear more about the intriguing background of this beautiful Inn by watching the video below, featuring Patty.

Every couple of weeks, Emmet County sends out a “Blast from the Past” video email that takes a look at a unique place in Northwest Michigan. To register for the blasts, email [email protected]

The Maple River: Preserving a one-of-a-kind Emmet County asset

Brian Kozminski is an avid fly fisherman and a lifetime member of Trout Unlimited. In Emmet County’s latest Blast from the Past video email, Kozminski talks about the ecological significance of the Maple River, its history, stocking efforts, and how concerned sportsmen, environmentalists and community residents are working together to ensure a vibrant future for this Blue Ribbon Trout Stream. Watch the video below. See more Emmet County videos on our YouTube channel by clicking here.

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