Yankee Springs Inn

Registered Site S0159

Yankee Springs Inn

Near here once stood one of the most famous inns west of Detroit. It was run by "Yankee Bill" Lewis, a New Yorker who came here in 1836. His establishment, located on the main road from Grand Rapids to Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, was an unimposing collection of log cabins, but the fame of his hospitality was such that as many as one hundred people often stayed at the tavern for a night. Sixty teams of horses could be stabled at a time. Stagecoaches stopped there to rest passengers and to change horses. After Lewis' death in 1853 new roads bypassed Yankee Springs. His inn soon closed.
photo of Yankee Springs Inn

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Photo of marker posts, about 1990.
photo of Yankee Springs Inn

Marker recovered and re-mounted 2017.
Erected 1958

Location: North Coutry Trail head Yankee Springs Road North of Duffy Road
Yankee Springs Township, Barry County

Hotels and Inns

Latitude: 42.605094641, Longitude: -85.46307563

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