So yesterday I decided to head up to Traverse City to possibly catch the cherry blossoms. Instead of the normal way I take which involves going up US-23 to I-75 to M-72, I decided to take M-37 up. Although I discovered that I didn't start at its beginning but I was close enough.
M-37 starts somewhere near Battle Creek and goes all the way up to the Old Mission Point Lighthouse. Like many of the state highways it is based on an old Indian trail. At one time it was known as the Muskegon, Grand Traverse and Northport State Road and then the Newaygo and Northport Road. It officially became a state highway in 1919 and in the 1940's it recieved its current designation.