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Mackinac Island in Mackinac County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Devil's Kitchen

 
 
Devil's Kitchen Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2017
1. Devil's Kitchen Marker
Inscription.  Devil's Kitchen, a group of small sea caves or niches, is one of the youngest rock formations on Mackinac Island. This large mass of brecciated (fractured and recemented) limestone was formed about 350 million years ago.

Wave action of the last few centuries eroded the softer parts of the limestone creating the smooth-bottomed surfaces. The same wave action undercut and rounded the large rock to the left of the caves.

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Devil's Kitchen as it may have appeared in 1000 A.D.

Made possible by a gift from Mackinac Associates
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features.
 
Location. 45° 51.141′ N, 84° 38.265′ W. Marker is on Mackinac Island, Michigan, in Mackinac County. Marker is on Lake Shore Drive (State Highway 185) 0.8 miles north of Mahoney Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mackinac Island MI 49757, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Is it you?" (approx. 0.6 miles away); Grand Hotel (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named
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Grand Hotel (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mackinac Conference (approx. 0.6 miles away); Little Stone Church (approx. ¾ mile away); Lawrence A. Young Cottage (approx. 0.9 miles away); Post Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Biddle House / Agatha And Edward Biddle (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mackinac Island.
 
Also see . . .
1. Devil's Kitchen (Wikipedia). Local stories allege that the Native Americans of the Straits of Mackinac considered the cave to be a 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. The cave is blackened with soot to this day, allegedly from the evil spirits' cooking fires; hence the name, "Devil's Kitchen." (Submitted on July 19, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Devil's Kitchen. According to legend, it was the home of Red Gee-bis, who were cannibal giants. (Submitted on July 19, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Devil's Kitchen image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2017
2. Devil's Kitchen
(marker visible on left)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 337 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 19, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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