Mackinac Island Historic Events

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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 Boy Scout troop as a member of the Governor’s Honor Guard years earlier.


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