The once-bustling tourist attraction called Stagecoach Stop on US-12 south of Ann Arbor may see new life if a Michigan filmmaker’s vision becomes a reality. The vision is to transform the old west town into a year-round ghost-town, horror attraction.
Signing a three-year, multi-property contract, Nate Thompson, a Monroe native, has decided the first storefront will be a museum for horror artifacts. The second will be a collectibles store consisting of general merchandise of horror memorabilia and the third storefront will be an open-door room where people can watch black and white horror movies 24/7.
Thompson also said the haunted house, which normally runs only around Halloween time each year, will now be all year long as well. There’s also currently a year-round escape room.
If all things go as scheduled, Horror Town is supposed to be fully operational by August 1.
To follow the progress Thompson is making on this transformation, follow his website.
About Stagecoach Stop and Cowboy Creek Lodge
Stagecoach Stop, located in an area in southeast Jackson County, and northwest Lenawee County called Irish Hills by the Irish settlers who landed there from 1830 to the 1850s, once competed with a similar attraction that existed on M-50 south of US-12 named Frontier City.
Frontier City which had opened in1960 closed in 1974, and Stagecoach Stop opened in 1965 and closed in 2007. Both of these attractions were open from Memorial Day thru Labor Day. the Stagecoach Stop featured the old cowboy shoot-outs, an old sawmill, panning for gold, hayride, pool, petting zoo, playground, fire pit, hayrides, arcade, gift and souvenir shop, and plenty of camping. The roller coaster mine ride was gone long ago, as was the stagecoach drive through the woods where a band of outlaws held you up.
For families who wished to spend the night, the Cowboy Creek Lodge a 14-room bunkhouse that sleeps groups of up to 49 people decorated to resemble the up North Woods was added years ago for those who wished to spend the night and was part of the Stagecoach Stop attraction. In addition to the comfortably appointed rooms, Cowboy Creek Lodge has a large community room that includes sitting areas complete with television, bar area, and Wi-Fi. Fully equipped kitchen to prepare meals. Bonfire pits, charcoal and gas grills, large outdoor pavilion. Surrounding the 22-acre western “town” by hiking trails, picnicking, or strolling around the town square.