Mackinaw City in Cheboygan County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Mackinaw City Historical Pathway
Chief Wawatam has long been revered for his bravery and fidelity in protecting his English brother Henry. As faithful as its namesake, the coal-powered railroad ferry Chief Wawatam plied the waters of the Straits of Mackinac carrying rail cars between Michigan’s two peninsulas for more than seventy years. This statue of Wawatam was carved by local craftsman Jerry Prior from a one-hundred year old piece of local white pine. Once again, Chief Wawatam proudly stands on the shores of the Straits of Mackinac.
Erected by Mackinaw
Location. 45° 47.017′ N, 84° 43.422′ W. Marker is in Mackinaw City, Michigan, in Cheboygan County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Huron Avenue and East Jamet Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker and Chief Wawatam tree trunk sculpture are located beside the sidewalk, at the center of Mackinaw City's Wawatam Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mackinaw City MI 49701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mackinaw Boat - Mackinaw Coat (within shouting distance of this marker); Lake Level Research on the Great Lakes (within shouting distance of this marker); John L. (Jack) Staffan • Chief Wawatam (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Timeline (within shouting distance of this marker); Mackinac and the Water Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); Island-Hopping the Straits (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lumbering Era (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mackinaw's First Business District (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mackinaw City.
Also see . . .
1. Wawatam (Wikipedia). Wawatam (little goose) was an 18th-century Odawa chief who lived in the northern region of present-day Michigan's Lower Peninsula in an area along (Submitted on April 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. History Carved in Wood. Scattered around Mackinaw City are several wooden sculptures carved by local resident Jerry Prior, each depicting a person of historical importance in town. His sculptures are part of the Mackinac City Historical Pathway. (Submitted on April 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. 48. Wooden carvings. Web page with audio tour file — an interview with Jerry Prior whose carvings of Mackinaw City historical figures started with that of Chief Wawatam. (Submitted on October 10, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 153 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.