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Friday, August 30, 2013

Fort Michilimackinac


29 August 2013

The Malibu was in need of a new set of tires so we drove 20 miles across the bridge to Cheboygan. John felt this was the most reputable place. Since we were close to Mackinaw City decided to walk through the town and then visit Fort Michilimackinac under the bridge.

Mackinaw City sits on the Straits of Mackinac on Lake Huron and is the last stop in Lower Michigan before crossing the bridge to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. There are many unique shops, historic buildings and the pedestrian mall features flower beds, victorian architecture and fountains. Parking is free. You can also take a ferry to Mackinac Island. www.mackinawcity.com
Mackinaw City Plaque

Mackinaw City Marina


Civil War Cannons Mackinaw City

Shepler's Ferry to Island

Pedestrian Walk Huron Street

Brigadoon B&B

Statue to Chief Wawatam, friend to the British


Fort Michilimackinac was established by the French in 1715 at the site of a Jesuit Mission. For 50 years the French and English struggled for control of the fur trade in the Great Lakes. British took control of the fort in 1761. During Chief Pontiac's uprising over the treatment of the Indians by the British,the Chippewa captured the fort. In 1764 the British regained control of the fort. During the American Revolution, Fort Mackinac on the Island was built and Fort Michilimackinac was abandoned. In 1781,the British burned the fort except for a few buildings including Ste Anne Church were moved across the ice to Fort Mackinac.
Plaque

Signage for Fort

View of Lake Michigan


Voyageur Landing

Blacksmith Shop

British Trader House

Latrine

Latrine-No Privacy

Commanding Officer House

Interior of House

Commanding Officer




French Guard House

Interior Guard House


British Soldier

Priest's House


Interior of House

Priest at Prayer

Saint Anne Church

Altar

Fur House


Kitchen in Row House

Row House

Musket Firing

View of Fort

Barracks

Snoozing Sheep

Reconstruction of the fort began in 1959 and archaeology digs are ongoing. The fort sits to the west of the bridge on Lake Michigan with the visitor center directly under the bridge.
6 lb Cannon

Firing of the Cannon



The Ezekiel Soloman House was home to the first Jewish settler in Michigan who served with the British Army. He arrived in 1761 and narrowly escaped death during the Pontiac Uprising. It is believed he is buried in Montreal in 1808. He was very active in the fur trade.
Plaque to Solomon

Info on Solomon

Ezekiel Solomon

Ezekiel Solomon House


The fort features a commanding view of the Mackinac Bridge. Adjacent to the fort is the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse built in 1889. I couldn't resist getting my feet wet in Lake Huron to ease the itching of the mosquito bites from yesterday. By the way found that Vicks works great for reducing the itching. The Visitor Center features a good selection of gifts and books. Admission to the fort is $11. www.mackinacparks.com
View of Bridge

Plaque to Lighthouse

Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Splashing in Lake Huron

This feels Good

John close to water









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