“No fiction is worth reading except for entertainment.
If it entertains and is clean, it is good literature, or its kind.
If it forms the habit of reading,
in people who might not read otherwise,
it is the best literature.”
— Edgar Rice Burroughs
Edgar Rice Burroughs, best known as the author of Tarzan and John Carter, has many ties to Michigan, including his attendance at the Michigan Military Academy in Orchard Lake Village as a young man, writing part of Gods of Tarzan at Camp Branch that oversees Morrison Lake, and writing The Lost Continent entirely at Sunnyside Farm, according to the Michael A. Hatt book Tarzan Slept Here (2014).
Sunnyside Farm in Coldwater was originally bought by Burroughs’s in-laws, which they purchased as a retreat away from their life in Chicago. He visited there while dating his future wife, Emma. After they married, they continued to visit together.
In 2017, fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs attending a conference journeyed to Coldwater to visit the area where the young Burroughs spent several summers. Read more about it at erbzine.com, which is the “First and Only Online Fanzine Devoted to the Life and Works of Edgar Rice Burroughs.”
Coldwater is the first stop of our Michigan Author Adventures Trail, which runs northward through the state. Morrison Lake is the fourth stop.