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This collection is the result of exploring southern Michigan's greater 'Irish Hills' area between 2007 and 2011. The area is defined by the Great Sauk Trail, now designated US-12, a prehistoric pathway dating back to the last Ice Age. From the 1820s through the 1960s, this road was a main artery linking Detroit with Fort Deaborn (Chicago).

In 2007 I viewed a cable documentary about ghost hunting in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A man named Scott Crownover was using digital infrared cameras to capture ghostly apparitions during daylight hours. I immediately knew that I wanted to photograph the historic locations throughout the greater Irish Hills area with the same type of camera. Digital infrared shots have an ethereal, timeless quality to the images they produce. And I may have photographed something strange and unexplainable in the area's 1830-era Walker Tavern using the same infrared technology.

Ghost Highway is a photographic elegy to the greater Irish Hills area and of the ancient serpentine trail that defines it.

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Jeff Westover
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jeffwestover

jeffwestover says

DarkXPenguiN...I moved to the Irish Hills in '04 (actually close to Cement City) and have heard stories about the old cement plant from lifelong residents. Guess at the end it was where a lot of folks would go to perform 'dark rituals', etc. I was unaware of the home off of Pink St....would love to be able to visit it and investigate. The old school house (Siam School) on US-12 and Persons/Pink St. is very haunted, according to a previous owner.

posted at 08:51am Nov 11 PST

DarKXPenguiN

DarKXPenguiN says

-Have you ever visited the Haunted Home near Stoney Lake? There is a dirt road off persons hwy/pink street that leads there- Near where George Clinton used to live...Place is the real deal. No joke.
-Also curious if you remember the dreaded "Cement Plant" in Cement City- Weird activity has been reported there before it was torn down.

posted at 09:03am Nov 02 PST

glday

glday says

You did an excellent job of capturing the Irish Hills. We tried to guess where each photo was taken as we traveled thru the book. Thanks for sharing. Gwen

posted at 03:21pm May 28 PST

jeffwestover

jeffwestover says

Thank you Tore for taking the time to view the book...your work is equally magical!

posted at 01:45pm Apr 26 PST

toregje

toregje says

An unknown storiy for me, but I love the black & white work. Magic! Thanks from Norway :-)

posted at 08:00am Apr 25 PST

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