Lupton is an unincorporated community in the southeast corner Rose Township in Ogemaw County. Lupton was first settled by several Quaker families from Ohio, including that of Emmor Lupton in 1880. It was first known as “Lane Heights” and given a post office as “Lane” in April 1881. A depot on the Detroit, Bay City and Alpena Railroad was opened in January 1893. The post office was renamed Lupton in June of that year and the village was laid out in about 20 square blocks. By 1917 the population had grown to about 150. At that time there was a bank, post office, two hotels two general stores, a school, meat market, livery barn, drug store, barber shop, and sawmill.
Lupton’s claim to fame was the Graceland Ballroom. It was a huge log building built in the 1920s. During the days of prohibition it was a speakeasy. Graceland was frequented by the infamous Purple Gang from Detroit. Local gossip said that Al Capone used to frequent Graceland.
Make sure when you come to visit us to check out our wall of photos from Lupton’s past.
Local Amish Businesses
Michigan has a long history of Amish settlement, with the first Amish settling in the Great Lakes State in 1895. Today Michigan’s Amish population numbers approximately 11,000. Michigan is home to the 6th largest Amish population.
Local River Activities
The Rifle River Recreation Area is the playground for winter and summer recreation enthusiasts. The recreation area and surrounding lakes offer many activities such as fishing, boating, canoeing, hunting, camping, and so much more.
Trails (Hiking and Ski)
We are conveniently located for making day trips to such places as:
Fall Color Tours
Fall colors generally start in the last two weeks of September and usually linger until mid-October. This 200-mile trip takes you through stunning stands of virgin forest with opportunities to view a variety of wildlife.
Fly Fishing Guide
The Au Sable River is considered to be a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream. It is one of Michigan’s best trout streams, supports excellent stocks of wild resident trout, has the physical characteristics to permit fly casting but be shallow enough to wade, produces diverse insect life and good fly hatches, has earned a reputation for providing an excellent (quality) trout fishing experience, and has excellent water quality.
The Huron National Forest offers thousands of acres of public land for hunting white-tailed deer, black bear, upland birds and waterfowl, and a variety of small game. Fairview located a short distance north of Mio is Michigan’s Wild Turkey Capital.
Trails (ORV and Snowmobile)
Wineries and Vineyards
The wineries of Northeastern Michigan specialize in wines made from a variety of locally grown fruits. A visit is a wonderful experience. And don’t forget to take a few bottles home for the holidays.