Manistee County

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The name “Manistee” comes from the Ojibwa who lived in the region. Some believe it means “Spirit of the Woods”—and that seems fitting. The abundance of towering white pine trees attracted John Stronach to build the first sawmill in the area in 1841. A thriving lumber town rose up along the river. A fire destroyed much of the town in 1871, and wealthy lumber barons decided to rebuild the town out of brick; those structures still line River Street today. The Manistee streets are quieter now than they were in the town’s heyday, but the Victorian charm and over a century of remarkable history remain.
ISBN: 9781467106603
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Michigan
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 158
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Drawing from the postcards of lifelong collectors and information from residents whose families have lived in the town for generations, Emma Wolf and the Musculus family bring the unique history of Manistee County to life.
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