It’s true, this place does exist. In fact, it’s easily found only 3 miles southwest of Pinckney, on Patterson Lake Road in Livingston County, Michigan. To find it, just follow the ever winding road around through rows of trees until you see the sign welcoming you to Hell.
The Beginnings of Hell, MI
Hell, MI was settled by George Reeves in the 1830’s. Upon moving to the area, he purchased a sawmill and the 1,000 acres surrounding it. After learning that the area was prosperous in growing wheat and grain, Reeves took advantage of his luck and opened a distillery on his property in order to produce whiskey. Reeves also built a ballroom, racetrack and general store on his acreage in which he used to sell his whiskey to local roadhouses and stores. Soon after Michigan gained statehood, Reeves was asked what he wanted to call this area that he had helped to settle and rumor has it that his answer was “You can name it Hell for all I care.” and the name stuck.
To this day, Hell, MI has become a hot spot for travelers who want to be able to say to their friends that they have visited hell. Need to prove it? You can still stop by the general store any day of the week and purchase souvenirs such as t-shirts, stickers and even coffee mugs.
What is There to Do in Hell, MI?
Depending on what season you visit, Hell, MI has various things for you to see and do while you’re there. You could cross through the gates of hell to play a spirited game of putt putt, you could enjoy an ice cream cone from the Screams Ice Cream and Diner, you could mail a letter to a friend to have it postmarked from Hell or you could simply rent a canoe and head out for some rest and relaxation on Hiland lake.
So next time you decide to tell someone to “Go to hell”, you might want to think about joining them.