In recognition of the date, the Hell website reports they're having a party that will last till midnight. T-shirts with "666" have been printed and Screamin Ice Cream is available for 66 cents, along with other souvenirs priced at - you guessed it - $6.66.
Michigan is the only state in the country to have a town named Hell. How did it get it's name? There are two theories:
The first holds that a pair of German travelers stepped out of a stagecoach one sunny afternoon in the 1830s, and one said to the other, "So schön und hell!" - roughly translated as, "So bright and beautiful." Their comments were overheard by some locals and the name stuck.Personally, I think the second theory sounds more plausible. I've been to Hell. Trust me, it's not very "bright and beautiful." You have to go to Paradise for that.
The second holds that George Reeves [a local businessman] was asked after Michigan gained statehood what he thought the town he helped settle should be called, and reportedly replied, "I don't care, you can name it Hell if you want to."
UPDATE: In keeping with the 666 theme, follow this link from Great White Snark to find the "Queen" of evil.
Finally, in case you'd like to see what Hell is like, Detroit News blogger, Bonnie Bucqueroux, made a videoblog of her visit there yesterday. Check it out - if you dare!