Near the entrance of the Port Crescent State Park campground, near the tip of the Thumb, is a round brick structure. It is what remains of a chimney that once reached into the sky in the town of Port Crescent. The town started in 1844 with a trading post and a hotel. It was named Pinnebog for the river that flowed next to it. Another town further upstream also took the name Pinnebog and so the town changed the name to Port Crescent.
During the late 1800s, the town prospered with two sawmills, a wagon factory, hotels, a brewery and several other businesses for the more than 500 people who called the town home. After the devastating fires swept through the thumb in 1871 and ten years later in 1881 the timber in the region was depleted and the decline of the town began. By 1894 most of the buildings were gone and only a few people remained to ship sand from the are to be used in glass making until 1936.
The state acquired 124 acres of property along the Saginaw Bay where the town once stood for a new state park. Port Crescent State Park was officially established on September 6, 1959.
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