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

Skull Cave

 
 
Skull Cave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2017
1. Skull Cave Marker
Inscription.  Skull Cave is one of Mackinac Island's oldest geological formations. It is located in the base of a 30 foot high limestone stack. 11,000 years ago this stack of hard limestone was exposed, as wave erosion of the ancient lakes cut away the softer material surrounding it. The cave itself was formed as waves washed onto the western side of the stack, forming the narrow opening.

(photo captions)
• High point of the island
• Cliff-side of “Ancient Island”
• Limestone breccia stack
• Skull Cave
• Lake Algonquin water level 221 feet higher than Lake Huron today.

Made possible by a gift from Mackinac Associates
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features.
 
Location. 45° 51.448′ N, 84° 37.129′ W. Marker is in Mackinac Island, Michigan, in Mackinac County. Marker is at the intersection of Garrison Road and Rifle Range Road, on the right when traveling north on Garrison Road. 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. A different marker also named Skull Cave (here, next to this marker);
Skull Cave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2017
2. Skull Cave Marker
(Skull Cave visible in background)
Fort Holmes (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fort Holmes (about 600 feet away); Post Cemetery (about 700 feet away); Sugar Loaf (approx. 0.3 miles away); Scout Barracks / Parade Ground (approx. 0.3 miles away); Historic Fort Mackinac (approx. 0.3 miles away); Greany Grove (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mackinac Island.
 
Also see . . .  Skull Cave (Wikipedia). Skull Cave is primarily of interest for its historical associations. It is believed to have been used as an inhumation site by Native Americans of the Straits of Mackinac area in the 18th century. While in active use as a site for human remains, the cave was also used as a refuge in 1763 by fur trader Alexander Henry, a survivor of the capture of Fort Michilimackinac by Native Americans during Pontiac's War. (Submitted on July 19, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Skull Cave image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2017
3. Skull Cave
 
 
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 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 19, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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