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Old 12-20-2010, 12:16 PM
 
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Default Great news

I check the newspaper online almost daily to see the happenings in MI. I was so surprised and ecstatic this morning to see that Geo is coming into Baldwin. That is wonderful news for the state and the area. 510 jobs is a huge feat for the area. We have a house for sale less then 10 miles from the facility so I am keeping fingers crossed that this will be a huge boost for the real estate in the area. Moreso, just excited to see things are making a turn around and heading in the right direction.
Way to go Geo. Thank you!!
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:33 AM
 
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Excellent!
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:38 AM
 
Location: NW Lower Michigan=Heaven!
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Old 12-22-2010, 12:36 PM
 
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Looking at other small towns in northern Michigan I am suprised to see Baldwin demographics, where nearly 34 % of the residents are considered black. I've have known small towns in that area to be at zero.
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Old 12-22-2010, 02:12 PM
 
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Baldwin used to be a stop on the Underground Railroad, is why. I think I even read that right here at this site.
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Old 12-22-2010, 02:53 PM
 
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Baldwin used to be a stop on the Underground Railroad, is why. I think I even read that right here at this site.
I'm not sure that Baldwin was ever a stop on the Underground railroad, but there are other reasons directly related to segregation and racism for why there is an unusually large black population in Baldwin and Lake County
Lake County, and specifically Idlewild, has been a very popular area for black vacationers since the early 1900's. Blacks were excluded from resort areas used by whites until the 1960's, and so land developers (white ones) started up the Idlewild community and marketed it to the up and coming black middle class in cities throughout the Midwest. The area took off, and, like many resort areas, some visitors chose to remain as full time residents.
An old friend of mine has a summer home there, and his dad used to tell tales of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billie Holiday and other black mega-stars coming to Idlewild to perform and in some cases hang out.
After segregation was finally outlawed the area took an economic hit, as blacks didn't necessarily need to go to places like Lake County for their vacation time. I haven't been there in years but I hear it's bouncing back.
It's a pretty interesting story.
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