When Frank & Elsie Esser left Germany to build a better life in America, they probably never imagined what their legacy would be today, the Duneland Beach Inn. In 1825, the United States government appropriated $3000. for a federal highway which was laid out along an ancient Indian Trail, the U.S. 12 Heritage Corridor connecting traveler’s from Chicago to Detroit. So many traveled along the sometimes impassable route that there was a tremendous demand for lodging places and conventional inns popped up all along the route with few remaining today. U.S 12 was packed with whiskey smugglers carrying booze from Detroit’s Purple Gang to Al Capone’s organization in the 1920’s and ‘30s.