Crystal Lake

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Overview
About nine miles long and two miles wide, Crystal Lake has been a recreational center in northwest Michigan for over 100 years. However, resorts and vacations were not the intention of Benzonia's first settlers, who arrived on Crystal Lake's eastern shore in 1858 to found a religious colony and a college. In an attempt to increase the area's economic potential with a navigable channel to Lake Michigan, Crystal Lake was accidentally lowered in 1873. As the waters drained away, an unexpected boon occurred as summer camps, cottages, and resorts sprang up along its shores. The railroads and steamships were quick to follow with eager entrepreneurs, developers, and tourists. Between Frankfort and Point Betsie to the west, and Beulah to the east, an assortment of hideaways and getaways were established to cater to people of differing religions, occupations, and classes.
Details
ISBN: 9780738561769
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Date:
State: Michigan
Series: Images of America
Images: 197
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author
Dr. Louis Yock, archivist and promoter of local history, is director of the Benzie Area Historical Museum, maintained by the Benzie Area Historical Society. He draws upon the museum's documentary and photographic holdings to showcase the unique story of Crystal Lake.