Mackinac Island Historic Events
Information about Mackinac Island historic events and notable people can be found at Fort Mackinac and in many well-written books such as
A Picturesque Situation: Mackinac Before Photography, 1615-1860 (Great Lakes Books)
Notable People and Events
- Fort Mackinac was built by the British in 1780
- The Grand Hotel was built in 1887
- The Governor's Mansion,
originally a private cottage, was built in 1902
- The first summer cottages were built in the 1880’s
- German U-boat (now housed at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry) stopped overnight as it was towed to Chicago in the early 1950’s
- The royal yacht Britannia with Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sailed through the Straits of Mackinac
- Freighters and ore boats continue to pass through the Straits of Mackinac to this day
- Mackinac Bridge
connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan was completed in 1957
- "This Time For Keeps" starring Esther Williams was filmed on the Island in 1947
- "Somewhere In Time"
starring Christopher Reeves, Jane Seymour, and several locals as extras, was filmed in 1980
- President Gerald Ford visited the Island during his presidency. He had stayed on the Island with his
troop as a member of the Governor’s Honor Guard years earlier.
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