Mackinac Island

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From historical richness to unparalleled natural beauty, Michigan's Mackinac Island is the crown jewel of the Great Lakes, unique in America. Forts were established and battles fought between American and British soldiers. Native American visitors preceded French explorers and missionaries of the 17th century. Commerce, including fur trading and fishing, later surpassed military importance, in turn yielding to the tourism industry that has dominated the past 150 years. Accessible by water, "ice bridge," or air, Mackinac Island encompasses a state park, harbor, city, and Victorian hotels and homes. A permanent automobile ban helps preserve the island's historic character, leaving land movement to foot, bicycle, and horse-drawn carriage. This book uses historical photographs to depict Mackinac Island heritage and culture. Rare images capture bygone days and lifestyles on this island where 19th century charm surprises and intrigues even today.
ISBN: 9780738584492
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Michigan
Series: Images of America
Images: 230
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Tom North has lived and worked in Michigan's Straits of Mackinac area for over 40 years, where he served from 1992 to 2007 as Mackinac/Luce Counties probate judge and previously practiced law. His frequent presence on Mackinac Island during those years, including residence on the island in 1977 and 1980, has led to a keen interest in, and knowledge of, its history. Images include selections from universities, archives, and private sources.
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