Leelanau News and Events

Shipwreck Whiskey: What’s Happening With The Westmoreland And Its High-Proof Treasures?

By Ticker Staff | Dec. 4, 2023

Few shipwrecks in the Great Lakes pique the fascination of armchair treasure hunters as much as the Westmoreland, a cargo-laden passenger steamer that met its doom in the icy waters of the Manitou Passage off the Leelanau Peninsula in 1854.

Bound for Mackinac Island on its last voyage of the year, with provisions (and possibly pay) for soldiers at Fort Mackinac, the 200-foot-long ship foundered in an early December snowstorm, taking on frigid water and sinking to the bottom of Lake Michigan with, legend has it, $20 million in gold coins (in today’s currency) and a priceless cache of rare whiskey. Overall, 17 people perished; another 17 survived.

The search ...

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Property Watch: Rustic Cottage Near Sleeping Bear Dunes

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A Happy Accident: Baabaazuzu At Three Decades

It all started with an unfortunate accident.

Sue Burns and her husband Kevin had a busy life ...

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The Latest Leelanau County Blotter & 911 Call Report

The Leelanau Ticker is back with a look at the most alarming, offbeat, or otherwise newsworthy calls ...

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Hive Coffee Co. Joins The Suttons Bay Business Community, Plus Other Leelanau Retail/Restaurant News

Landon and Nicole McDaid didn’t expect their careers would take them to northern Michigan, let alone to ...

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Today Monday, December 4, 2023

5:00 PM

"Escaping the Frame"

Etching prints by Dorothy Anderson Grow, Nov. 9 - Jan. 7. Opening reception on Thurs., Nov. 9 from ... More Info >>

6:00 PM

December's Soup & Bread

Local chefs donate the soup & bread. You pay what you can to benefit a local charity. This ... More Info >>

6:30 PM

From Infamy to Hope

Author & Old Mission resident Stephen Lewis will talk about his new book of historical fiction. Told in ... More Info >>

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