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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 236, no date [newspaper clipping]

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Identifier: DX04220972

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 236, no date [newspaper clipping]

Description: Newspaper clipping about ways of traveling to Mackinac Island, Michigan.

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THE Island of Mackinac is right at the junction of the two lakes, Michigan and Huron,—in fact at the entrance of the Straits of Mackinac,—and as a recuperative resting-place for pleasure-seekers, and invalids, is so replete with interest and sanitary results, that it has fairly won its name of “Gem of the Straits.” Nor is it a long ride to reach there, either from Philadelphia or New York, making a pleasant trip of forty-nine hours at the most, the finest portion of which, on the Pennsylvania Railroad, is almost due west, until reaching Fort Wayne, Indiana, where by change of cars to the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railway, a northernly course is pursued as far as Petoskey, a town standing at the head of Little Traverse Bay, from whene there are two routes to Mackinac,—one by means of a dummy railroad, seven miles long, connecting with a small steamer that threads its twisting course through this inland labyrinth of waters, as though never steering towards any definite point; the other, and more direct, by Lake Michigan and the straits, and distance of sixty miles. Sometimes these lakes are very rough with heavy swells like the ocean, and the time occupied in crossing is about long enough for considerable inward uneasiness, but in the pursuit of pleasure one’s industry never flags, and even the terrible misfortune of mal-de-mer is soon forgotten in the multiplicity of pleasanter things. The whole Island of Mackinac, principally table land, 150 feet above the water, includes 2200 acres, with about 700 inhabitants, and as the military reservation on which the fort is situated comprises 103 acres, and the National Park 911, the town itself can well be imagined small. It is built at the southeastern extremity of the island, on a shelving beach and directly under the guns of the fort. About half the population of this little hamlet, picturesquely grouped upon the beach, is of mixed blood, many of the substantial citizens having formed matrimonial alliances with the lineal descendants of the aborigines, and the prettiest woman on the island bears the unmistakable high cheek-boes and masculine proportions of her Indian ancestors, so that when a pretty woman or a number of pretty women from other cities honor the place with their presence, the event is like a ray of sunshine in a shady spot.

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Subjects: Fort Mackinac (Mackinac Island, Mich.)
Great Lakes (North America)
Diaries
Mackinac Island (Mich.)
Indians of North America
Travel
Women
Fortification

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