It’s a beautiful place.
Michigan’s Mackinac Island is considered the State’s crown jewel. Thousands of tourists each year visit a place filled with Victorian charm. It’s well warranted. There are no automobiles allowed on the Island. Modes of transportation consist of horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, or walking, and goods are transported to the stores by horse-drawn drays.
As a tourist walks along the business district, the air is filled with the aroma of fudge being made at candy stores. With horses used as the primary mode of transport, the gentle sound of clip-clop is everywhere, and various souvenir stores, restaurants, bars, and the like are prevalent.
Overlooking the downtown from a high bluff is historic Fort Mackinac. It’s considered the oldest building in the State of Michigan, and it houses exhibits that describe a variety of subjects, including military training and military medicine. The fort comes alive with demonstrations for tourists throughout the summer.
Beyond the downtown area, there are geologic structures and outcroppings that are cloaked in Native American legend. With names like Arch Rock, Devil’s Kitchen, and Skull Cave, they’re a must-see.
As a visitor approaches the Island by ferry or by air, one of the first noticeable structures is the beautiful Grand Hotel. It boasts the longest porch in the world at over 650 feet.
Cedar trees are ubiquitous to the island, and they grow in clumps that provide enough shade to prevent the growth of other plants beneath them. Other trees around the Island include both the Red Pine and White Pine in addition to Balsam and Firs.
Mackinac Island is located in Lake Huron, sitting in the Straits of Mackinac. In the shadow of the Mackinac Bridge, it defines a great deal of history in the development of Michigan. It’s steeped in Native American legend and folklore, and it’s the destination point for two world-renowned yacht races each summer.
With all its beauty, history, legend, and folklore, it seems an almost magical place, and as one tourist wrote in 1937, “Here on this magic Isle, strange things happen casually.”
Source: Mackinac Island Town Crier, July 24, 1937
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