Kerry Kelly 2007
The Esch House is on the north side of Esch Road. The house is just west of M-22 about 3 miles south of Empire. Look for this house as you head for the Esch Road beach.
This Victorian house was built around 1890 as part of a farmstead that provided livestock, dairy, and fruit to the inhabitants of Aral. The barn and other out-buildings have been removed, and the house is now used for housing for Lakeshore staff.
Continue down Esch Road to Lake Michigan, and take the opportunity to walk the beach and see where Otter Creek enters the lake. Near the vault toilet is an interpretive sign that describes the ghost town of Aral.
Did You Know?
During the winter of 1870-71, 214 people lost their lives in shipwrecks on the Great Lakes, and congress established the US Life-Saving Service to conduct rescues from shore. This became the US Coast Guard in 1915. Visit Sleeping Bear Dunes to see how these men lived and worked. More...