It's great to be back and as I promised to share some more about Mackinac. Mackinac the Island this time instead of the bridge. And no, Mackinac Bridge does not go to the Island it connects the two peninsulas. . As I mentioned last month the Island was named from Indians and called Michillimackinac because they thought the shape of the land resembled a turtle. Later the name was shortened to Mackinac pronounced MackinAW.
The straits around Mackinac Island were acquired by the British after the French and Indian war at which time the British built Fort Mackinac on the bluffs of the island to protect themselves against the native tribes and the French-Canadians. The straits and Island continued in Britian's hands through the Revolutionary War and it wasn't until 1783 with The Treaty of Paris that the United States acquired Michigan. However, it would take 13 years an another treaty to get the British to relinquish the territory and leave the soil.
BUT (don't you just hate that word sometimes?)
that isn' the end of Mackinac's seesaw history because we went to war once again with Britain in 1812. And once again Britain took control of the Island. Try as we may to recapture Mackinac Island, I'm afraid we were unsuccessful. BUT (this is a good but) another treaty is signed, The Treaty of Ghent, and all British leave the Mackinac.
The Island was a resort for the wealthy and well-to-do of the Victorian age. They flocked to Mackinac Island in large boats out Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, and Buffalo to get relief from the summers heat and enjoy the cooler weather of local area. The Grand Hotel along with other hotels were built to accommodate the growing number of tourist. Much like today, they loved to shop and bring home souvenirs from their summer get-a-way, listen to music, dance to waltzes, and dine on fine food.
Just before the turn of the century many mid-westerners wanted to spend more
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Like all beautiful areas if not protected they will eventually be over run with people wanting their own little piece of the pie. The United States Government gave protection to Mackinac Island much like that of Yellowstone Park.
To this day there are no motor vehicles allowed on Mackinac Island (other than those for official use). The only way to get to the island is by boat. People get around the by foot, bicycle, and horse drawn carriage. The Grand Hotel is still available for rooms and the fort still stands sentinel.
I'm giving away a copy Sundays in Fredericksburg. Ask me a question or tell me something you know about Mackinaw Island to be entered. Giveaway ends August 9th at 12 p.m.
Debbie Lynne Costello is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. She attended Heritage University, where she studied Journalism and worked in the editing department.
She has a short story coming out in Guideposts 2014, Christmas Cup of Cheer. She has completed five full length novels set in Charleston and Savannah areas in the late 19th century along with one Medieval, and is now seeking homes for them.
She and her husband have four children and two grandbabies. They live in upstate South Carolina with their family, dogs, cat, Arabian horses, and miniature donkey.
Picture Sources: Michigan Military Records, Wikipedia, and pintrest