Backstage at Mackinac Island

Posted on November 13, 2011

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Babs Young writes: Needless to say, there are not many tourists on Mackinac Island this time of year especially when it is pouring rain and cold. However I did make my way over there this past week. I love a good boat ride and this time of year the ferry only goes from St. Ignace so I got to cross that magnificent bridge too. All in all a good trip despite the weather.

Now there is an image of Mackinac Island that you don’t see every day.  Offhand I would say that all the people in the photo are working rather than on vacation.

It crosses my mind to wonder just how many of the downtown buildings have any relationship at all to the ones that were there, say, in the 1860s-1870s when my Civil War veterans were passing through?  There are at least half a dozen historic structures—the State Parks website has a whole page of links on Mackinac Island Downtown Buildings, complete with a virtual tour—but I suspect the fudge shops and the places selling baseball caps with fluffy bridal veils trailing off the back are of more recent vintage.

Before it became a Major Tourist Destination, Mackinac Island was an important ceremonial, commercial and military site for at least 1,000 years.  I’ll leave you to read the Wikipedia article for now.  One day we’ll have to do better.  But not now.  Now it’s raining again.  A couple of hours ago I thought a plane had flown into the drumlin behind the house, but it was only the crash and tumble of a thunderstorm.  The Duo got right up on the couch and even Miss Puss joined the pile.  The power flickered but held.  Good job, Great Lakes Energy.  I’m glad you’ve been working on the lines.  But why press my luck?

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