Lost Bay City

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When the phrase "Do you remember?" is uttered in Bay City, it is usually followed by the name of a hotel, restaurant, business, or building. Slowly, many parts of local history have been lost to the sands of time. Fire took many, followed by condemnations and the inevitable advance of progress. An empty lot may be all that remains of a once-prominent structure, but sometimes a new landmark emerges. In the case of one famous address at Center and Water Streets, the Wenonah Hotel rose out of the ashes of the Fraser House, another prominent facade. Seven decades later, the Wenonah, too, succumbed to fire; out of those ashes rose the Delta College Planetarium, a third-generation landmark. Photographs help residents remember, though each person who experienced something firsthand has his or her own distinct connection with these pieces of lost Bay City.
ISBN: 9781467114134
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Michigan
Series: Images of America
Images: 222
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Ron Bloomfield, the director of operations and chief historian of the Bay County Historical Society, has extensively researched, written about, and lectured on Bay County's past. Many of the images chosen for Images of America: Lost Bay City are from the extensive collections of the Bay County Historical Society and Museum, where Bay County's past can be found in exhibits, publications, and programs.
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