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Deadman’s Hill

Stanley “Big Sam” Graczyk was driving a team hauling a big wheel of timber logs on this steep Michigan hillside on May 20, 1910, when tragedy struck. He was crushed to death when he stumbled and was overrun by the big wheel loaded with saw logs.

Big Sam was not the first tragic death of a lumberjack in Northern Michigan, but he may be the last and the best known, perhaps partially because he was soon to be married. Ever since he perished, this scenic overlook has been known as Deadman’s Hill.


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