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Mackinaw City in Cheboygan County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Mackinaw's First Business District

Mackinaw City Historical Pathway

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, August 19, 2019
1. Mackinaw's First Business District Marker
Inscription.  
In the early 1880s the main street of Mackinaw City consisted of these first two blocks of North Huron Avenue. Within only 40 years, in 1900 and again in 1916, two devastating fires completely destroyed the original business district. Chamberlain's Grocery and Hardware, of masonry construction, was one of only two buildings to survive these fires. The only other building to survive was the Mercier House hotel, now McDonalds restaurant. The Mercier House was actually the second building of that name in the first business district. An earlier fire in 1892 destroyed the original Mercier House, an outstanding hotel that stood across the street from where the modern water tower is now. This three story building had 140 rooms with a dining room that seated 250 and was the popular location for most of Mackinaw's big parties. (Marker Number 16.)
 
Location. 45° 46.933′ N, 84° 43.464′ W. Marker is in Mackinaw City, Michigan, in Cheboygan County. Marker is on North Huron north of East Central Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Marker is next to the parking
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2. Mackinaw's First Business District Marker - lower left image
Originally the S. B. Chamberlain store, this building was one of two that survived the fires.
lot for the Mackinac Island ferry. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 556 East Central Avenue, 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. The Dixie Highway (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mackinac Island Passenger Ferries (about 300 feet away); Chief Wawatam (about 400 feet away); Iron Horse (about 400 feet away); Mackinaw City (about 400 feet away); Historic Mackinaw City (about 400 feet away); The Algomah (about 400 feet away); Mackinac and the Water Highway (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mackinaw City.
 
Additional comments.
1. McDonalds restaurant
Apparently, the McDonalds restaurant was only in Mackinaw City from the mid-1980s through the 1990s.
    — Submitted October 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

 
Categories. DisastersIndustry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
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3. Mackinaw's First Business District Marker - lower middle image
One of the few photos of the original business district.
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4. Mackinaw's First Business District Marker - upper right image
Coffman's drug and jewelry store before it burned in 1916.
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5. Mackinaw's First Business District Marker - lower right image
The original Mercier House hotel, with the employees each holding the implements of their work.
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By Joel Seewald, August 19, 2019
6. Mackinaw's First Business District Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
 
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