Winter is in full swing, and across most of the country, that means snow. Michiganders are hitting the slopes and the trails to indulge in all of their favorite winter activities, but many many may not realize that one of those winter sports they're enjoying was actually invented right here in Michigan.
Snowboarding, now on of the most popular parts of the Winter Olympics, was actually invented Muskegon. On Christmas Day in 1965 by a man named Sherman Poppen was working his garage to invent a new, fun toy for his daughters. He fastened two Kmart skies together and used a rope to control himself as he "surfed" down the hill. The new toy was dubbed the Snurfer ( snow + surfing)
“When I saw how much fun the kids had Christmas Day,” Poppen told Skiing Heritage,
“I spent the next week in Goodwill and everywhere else buying up every water ski I could find.”
In addition to Michigan being the state where snowboarding was born, it was also the site of some of the very first competitions in the sport starting in 1978 with the National Snurfing Championship
, held in Muskegon, Michigan. Snowboarding is now one of the biggest draws at the 1998 Winter Games after making its Olympic debut in Nagano, Japan.
Today you can head to any ski resort, any local ski hill, anywhere in the world, and you will see future Shaun Whites
and Chloe Kims
racing down the hill on a "toy" that was invented right here in the Mitten State on a Christmas day.
$18M Historic Randall's Point Walloon Lake Homestead
Currently offered for $18 million,
making it one of the most expensive properties in the state, the compound comes with four cabins. Three of the cabins were built in the 1920s and the main log home was built in the 1970s. The original boathouse and barn remain. The homestead was founded by Bo Randall who was the founder of Randall Made Knives
and a good friend of Ernest Hemingway who frequented the property for hunting. With over 5700 square feet of living space amongst the cabins, the compound is perfect for large families. A mix of modern and timeless history, this is truly a slice of Michigan history.
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Own Your Very Own Hallmark Home: A Look Inside 1885 Historic Heather House
One look and you'll think you stepped into a Hallmark Christmas movie. The Heather House in Marine City is currently on the market for $750k and is filled with whimsical history. The home was originally built for William Sauber, a chief engineer with the Mitchell Shipping Line. Sauber was general manager and secretary of the Marine City Suger Factory, Secretary of the Salt and Block Works, and was Mayor of Marine City. Now the stunning Victorian mansion is a Bed & Breakfast with 6 beautiful guest suites with balconies and porches and charm throughout. Take a look inside.