Union City in Branch County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Elkhorn Lodge: Home of "Skinny" Bullock
Union City Heritage Water Trail
Union City's own “Daniel Boone,” Austin “Skinny” Bullock (1908-77), moved into this, his beloved Elkhorn Lodge, on the first day of summer in 1952. He was a colorful local legend who loved to hunt, trap and fish, earning his living by landscaping and working for the village. If you lived along the river, Skinny would be a regular passerby as he rowed himself to town or happily sang his way back home after an evening at the local tavern. The great bluegill fishing in Union Lake is part of Skinny’s legacy, as he was caretaker of the rearing ponds in the 1960s.
Erected 2016 by Union City Heritage Water Trail. (Marker Number 23.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Michigan - Union City Heritage Water Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1952.
Location. 42° 3.755′ N, 85° 8.851′ W. Marker is in Union City, Michigan, in Branch County. This marker is on private property Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Union City MI 49094, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Indigenous Residents (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carp Rodeo (about 800 feet away); Gerald Davison's Hilltop House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Head of St. Joe Navigation (approx. ¼ mile away); Alumni Field (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Park Street "Spencer" Bridge (approx. half a mile away); The Arbogast Bridge (approx. half a mile away); The French & Trading Posts (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Union City.
More about this marker. There are 28 of these markers comprising the Union City Heritage Water Trail on the Coldwater River and the St. Joseph River launched in 2016 for the village's Sesquicentennial. These markers can be viewed by paddling the 5 mile stretch of river from the JP Palmer Launch in the Village of Union City to the Riley Dam on the SW Corner of Union Lake. Most of these markers CANNOT by accessed by foot as they are on private property along the river. Please do not trespass. More details can be found at www.uchwt.com
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 17, 2016, by Val Rossman of Union City, Michigan. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 23 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on June 17, 2016, by Val Rossman of Union City, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.