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

Arch Rock

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2017
1. Arch Rock Marker
Inscription.  Arch Rock is the most dazzling example of Mackinac Island's breccia formations. It once stood as a solid mass 100 feet above the lake level. About 4,000 years ago the lake waters slowly dissolved the softer material that extended into the center of the formation. As the lake erosion cut away its base, the middle of the stack slowly crumbled into the water leaving the firm breccia limestone arch that we see today.

(photo captions)
• Softer limestone rocks dissolve and fall. Breccia limestone arch remains.
• Lake Nipissing Water Level
• Lake Huron Water Level Today
• Formation of Arch Rock 4,000 years ago.

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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features.
 
Location. 45° 51.456′ N, 84° 36.409′ W. Marker is in Mackinac Island, Michigan, in Mackinac County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Arch Rock Road and Rifle Range Road. Marker is located beside the Arch Rock Overlook trail. Touch for map. Marker is
Arch Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2017
2. Arch Rock Marker
at or near this postal address: 6131 Arch Rock Road, 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. Nicolet Watch Tower (here, next to this marker); Fort Holmes (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Fort Holmes (approx. half a mile away); "Cass Cliff" (approx. half a mile away); Greany Grove (approx. half a mile away); Mission Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Somewhere in Time Gazebo (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sainte Anne Church (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mackinac Island.
 
Also see . . .  Arch Rock (Wikipedia). Limestone breccia is not an ideal material for natural bridges, and this type of formation is quite rare in the North American Great Lakes region. The Native Americans saw Arch Rock as a place of numinous power, and told many stories and legends about it. Euro-Americans did not share many of the taboos of their Native predecessors, and treated Arch Rock as a curiosity to be admired. One early chronicler was Alexis de Tocqueville who wrote of the "Giant's Arch" "of extraordinary shape" during his visit in August, 1831. (Submitted on July 19, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Arch Rock image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2017
3. Arch Rock
 
 
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 57 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 19, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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