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History on Mackinac Island

This account of Mackinac's history was written by Eugene T. Petersen.

High Cliffs

High Cliffs

11,000 years ago, Aboriginals looked out over the Straits and saw an island with unusually high bluffs.

No Cars

No Cars

The most noticeable first impression visitors get of Mackinac Island is the absence of automobiles.

Victorian Era

Victorian Era

It was the Victorians who made Mackinac Island one of the nation's most favored summer resorts.

Writers' Discovery

Writers' Discovery

19th century writers discovered the Island's charm, but even before then, Indian legends were part of its history.

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