As you can see, I’m walking past some 1950’s cars in the Mackinaw City Park.
I’m sure you’re wondering, like I was, about the different spellings for the same island and city name.
First of all, the shape of the island resembles a Great Turtle and the Indians gave it the name Michilimackinac.
Around the 1820’s it was shortened to Mackinac, but pronounced Mackinaw.
The founders of Mackinaw City changed the spelling to reflect the phonetic “aw” sound. They felt the postal carriers would be less likely to confuse Mackinac Island with Mackinaw City, if they weren’t spelled the same.
Speaking of old cars, a summer cottager decided to bring his Locomobile to Mackinac Island.
While driving in Mackinac Island State Park, he frightened and hurt several horses and wrecked some carriages.
This prompted the State Park Commission in 1900, to outlaw automobiles. Travel on Mackinac Island has been by foot, bicycle, or horse and carriage ever since.
I’d love wearing those sunglasses again, but wouldn’t want to lug a camera around with a roll of film and flash bulbs.
The scenic ferry trip is the only way to travel to the island, other than by plane.
The Grand Hotel opened in 1887 and has had five U.S. Presidents as guests.
We walked on the 600 foot front porch and enjoyed its namesake of “flirtation walk,” since we weren’t married yet.
The five mile “Big Mac” is the longest suspension bridge in the Americas.
On my bucket list, is being one of the lucky people allowed each year to climb up the bridge’s 552 foot tower.
There’s an elevator most of the way and then cubby holes and a ladder to finally reach the top of the south tower, as shown in this article.
What’s on your bucket list?