Michigan's Mackinac Island is the crown jewel of the Great Lakes, unique in America. Native Americans preceded French explorers and missionaries of the 17th century. Forts were established and battles fought between American and British soldiers. Commerce, including fur trading and fishing, later surpassed military importance, later 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 ban on automobiles helps preserve the island's historic character, leaving land movement to foot, bicycle, and horse-drawn carriage. Rare images presented here capture bygone days and lifestyles on this island where 19th century charm survives and intrigues even today.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.