Like the rest of the Upper Peninsula, Nahma is deep-rooted with a rich history, dating back to the late 1800s. Bay de Noquet Lumber Company resided in the Nahma area from 1881 to 1951, building the village as a company town. With nearly 1,500 people employed by the company, the Nahma Inn was constructed in 1909 for the employees.
The area was home to nearly 800 people in the peak of the lumber industry, but the town was sold in 1951 to a playground manufacturer, with high hopes of turning it into a resort town. A lack of financial means to do so soon became apparent and nearly 70 years later, the sleepy little town has a population of just 500, according to the 2010 census. The Inn, which has a four and a half star rating on Trip Advisor, is a main attraction for visitors looking for a quaint place to stay, good food and a good scare.
“It’s known for Nell. Nell is the resident haunt, the resident ghost. Every single time we come here, we experience something,” said Carlson.
Carlson said rumor has it that Nell had an affair with a man named Charlie Good, whose spirit is also said to be roaming the halls of the second floor.
“When we heard the stories, it was just said that there were spirits here. When we first came here, the owner, Charlie, said, ‘Oh yeah, there’s still spirits here all the time. Nell is still here, Charlie Good is here, sometimes things move and you’ll hear things,” Carlson said. “We were really excited to stay here.”
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