A walking tour of Bay City offers a glimpse of how Hell’s Half Mile earned its notorious nickname
Stroll along Water Street, Saginaw Street, and Third Street in Downtown Bay City today and you’ll find restaurants, bars, and luxury condos. Stop on the right night and catch live music in Wenonah Park or the Third Street Waterfall Park. On summer weekends, you can buy an ice-cold lemonade and warm, salty popcorn from vendors working at an art festival. Wind the clocks back to the 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s, though, and you’ll find a completely different scene. Sure, you’ll find bars, restaurants, and hotels, however they might not be filled with the type of crowds we see in the area today.