Mackinaw History Nut!

Madeline Okerman Adie, Arcadia Publishing Author

                     Welcome to History-at-a-Glance!



"First explored by Native Americans, French Canadians, and Jesuit missionary priests, this water passageway, once known as Michilimackinac, connects Lake Michigan and Lake Huron and separates Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas.  Geographically, catrographers have charted the Straits of Mackinac on the west from Waugoshance Island in Lake Michigan eastward through the narrow submerged valley between Mackinaw City and St. Ignace and continuing east/southeast down the south channel of Lake Huron to the city of Cheboygan.  As a popular tourist destination, this area welcomes travelers visiting Mackinac Island, as well as historical sites where St. Ignace, Mackinaw City, and Cheboygan now prosper."


Historical Introduction 

Chapter One:      First People / Anishinabe

Chapter Two:      St. Ignace / Naw-do-wa-qua-au-me-sheeng

Chapter ThreeMackinac Island / Mich-inni-maki-nong

Chapter Four:    Mackinaw City / Pe-quot-e-nonge

Chapter Five:     Cheboygan / Kitchi-bwa-gan

Chapter Six:        Let Us Go Boat Riding / Aum-bay Paw-baw-                                                                                    mish -kaw-daw

Chapter Seven:   End of Trail / Mee-kuhn-a-boon-tahk

Ojibwa Song

Selected Bibiliography

A Tribute to Mackinac Straits Health System

 Copyright (c) 2012 by Madeline Okerman Adie

ISBN 978-0-7385-9189-6

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 2012938888

Printed in the United States of America

Softcover, 128 pages, vintage postcard images with captions





"Rich in history, magnificent in scenery, and abundant in hospitality, Mackinaw City lies at the very tip of Michigan's Lower Peninsula and is the area's own majestic playground.  From early Native American settlements, French explorers, and fur traders to Mackinaw City founding father Edgar Conkling's vision to build a business center upon the south shore of the Mackinac Straits, Mackinaw City does not disappoint anyone who visits it. "

"Due to its strategic location on the 'Crossroads of the Great Lakes,' this area has always been a gathering place for early inhabitants.  When the railroad arrived in the late 1800s, it provided needed transportation with unique railroad and car ferries to and from Michigan's Upper Peninsula."

"Today Mackinaw City still enjoys the distinction of being one of the most popular historical resort areas in Michigan.  Through the insight of talented individuals who had the foresight to capture history with the interesting and colorful medium of the postcard, one is able to learn and smile at Mackinaw days gone by."


Historical Introduction (Is it Mackinaw or Mackinac?)

Chapter One:       Days Gone By

                                   (Old Mackinaw City)

Chapter Two:       Pe-quot-e-nonge

                                   (Fort Michilimackinac)

Chapter Three:    Hospitality and Tourism 

                                    (Old Motels, Restaurants & Shops)

Chapter Four:       Navigating the Straits  

                                     (Railroad and Auto Ferries)

Chapter Five:        Mackinac Country 

                                     (Mackinac Island, St. Ignace, Cheboygan,

                                        Bois Blanc Island, Straits of Mackinac,

                                        Pasties, & Fudge!)


Mackinaw City - Living History, Making History! 

Copyright (c) 2007 by Madeline Okerman Adie

ISBN 978-0-7385-5134-0

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 2007920806

Printed in the United States of America

Softcover, 128 pages, vintage postcard images with captions



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