Day Trip to Comins, Michigan
The timber industry created Comins, Michigan in the late 1800’s, but by 1928 the railroad pulled out and with it many jobs. The timber industry is still very active here in Comins with over 30 sawmills and secondary lumber businesses which are major employers in the area. Comins is home to many small businesses, Abbe’s Backlot Greenhouse, Comins Market, the Carrie James Restaurant, the Knothole Bar as well as a U. S. Post Office.
A tornado on July 3, 1999 caused quite a bit of damage to the town. Many homes and businesses were destroyed. But the Comins Mennonite Church was rebuilt along with a new Township Hall, Fire Hall and a couple of other buildings. In early 2012 Clinton Township received a grant from Oscoda County and with the monies they purchased two buildings from North Star Storage. These buildings have false fronts on them to mimic the old buildings that were lost during the tornado. One of the buildings is the Oscoda County Art Council Gallery and is open on weekends during the summer months and for special events. There is also Sally’s Over-the-Hill Used Bookstore and Martha’s Coin Shop in the same area.
The 4th of July parade, fireworks and picnic are a highlight of the summer. The park in town has a ball diamond and many lively games are played there. There is also a great playground for the kids and a pavilion for family reunions. McCollum Lake Campground is busy throughout the summer with campers.