Historic Mackinac Island

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Mackinac Island has a population of 492 residents and as many as 15,000 tourists per day during peak season. The island features 8 miles of coastline. Motor vehicles were restricted at the end of the 19th century because of concerns for the health and safety of the island's residents and horses after local carriage drivers complained that automobiles startled their horses. The ban continues today, with exceptions for emergency and construction vehicles

#1 - Grand Hotel
In 1886, two railroad companies and a steamship company formed the Mackinac Island Hotel Company, which purchased this land and began construction on the hotel. On opening night, the rate ranged from $3-$5/night. The porch, at 660ft long, is the longest porch in the world, and the site of Thomas Edison's first public demonstration of the Phonograph. The hotel has been visited by 5 US presidents, Mark Twain, and Thomas Edison.
Coordinants: 45.850826, -84.626138
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Hotel_(Mackinac_Island)
#2 - Fort Mackinac
The British built Fort Mackinac to protect their settlement from attack by French-Canadians and native tribes. It was never attacked during the revolutionary war, and was acquired by the United States through the Treaty of Paris. During the War of 1812, the British captured the fort in the first battle of the conflict.
In 1875, this area became the second US National Park, but later converted into Michigan's first State Park
Coordinants: 45.851940, -84.617343
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mackinac_Island
#3 - Mission Church
The Mission Church is a historic Congregational church in Mackinac Island, Michigan, United States. Built in 1829, it is the oldest existing church in the state of Michigan.
Coordinants: 45.849812, -84.608806
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission_Church
#4 - Arch Roch
Arch Roch is made of natural limestone arch and formed during the Nipissing post-glacial period, a period of high Lake Huron levels following the end of the Wisconsin glaciation. Arch Rock stands on the Lake Huron shoreline 146 feet (45 m) above the water.
Coordinants: 45.857688, -84.606660
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arch_Rock_(Mackinac_Island)
#5 - Sugar Loaf Rock
Sugar Loaf is a 75-foot-high (23m) landlocked rock. It received its name from its resemblance to maple sugar, which was typically packed in loaf shaped baskets. A wide variety of stories were told by Native Americans and frontier dwellers about Sugar Loaf.
Coordinants: 45.861767, -84.617209
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_Loaf_(Mackinac_Island)
#6 - Skull Cave
Skull Cave was a burial site for Native Americans. While in active use as a site for human remains, the cave was also used as a refuge in 1763 by fur trader Alexander Henry, a survivor of the capture of Fort Michilimackinac by Native Americans allied with Chief Pontiac. In his "Memoirs," Henry recalled a night spent as a refugee in the bone-strewn cavern.
Coordinants: 45.857441, -84.618824
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skull_Cave_(Mackinac_Island)
#7 - Post Cemetary
This cemetery was used for military burials from the 1820's-1900. It is one of only 4 US cemeteries where the flag is always kept at half mast
Coordinants: 45.858930, -84.621863
#8 - British Landing
This is where the British landed in July of 1812 and captured the island. The commanding American officer had not yet heard that war had been declared, and surrendered without a fight.
Coordinants: 45.877367, -84.645088
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mackinac_Island
#9 - Devil's Kitchen Cave
Local stories allege that the Native Americans of the Straits of Mackinac considered the cave to be a numinous location inhabited by bad spirits. Allegedly, the spirits were cannibals who would capture and eat victims who ventured too close to the ill-omened location.
Coordinants: 45.852965, -84.639450
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil%27s_Kitchen_(cave)

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