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

Island-Hopping the Straits

 
 
Island-Hopping the Straits Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, August 9, 2006
1. Island-Hopping the Straits Marker
Inscription.  In 1920 the need for extensive highways in Michigan was becoming evident and Horatio S. Earle, highway commissioner, suggested a submerged, floating tunnel. A counter-proposal was made by C. E. Fowler, a consulting engineer from New York City.

The Fowler proposal suggested a series of causeways and bridges starting near Cheboygen and proceeding via Bois Blanc Island, Round Island and Mackinac Island to St. Ignace. In 1934 the Mackinac Straits Bridge Authority engaged Fowler to further detail this route. The cost was estimated at $35 million. Funding was requested from the federal government but was denied.

Fortunately for Mackinac Island, this route was never realized, and its auto-free lifestyle continues unchanged.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsLandmarks. A significant historical year for this entry is 1920.
 
Location. 45° 47.022′ N, 84° 43.364′ W. Marker is in Mackinaw City, Michigan, in Cheboygan County. Marker can be reached from North Huron Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Near East Jamet Street and the Lake
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Huron shore, east of Mackinac Bridge (Interstate 75). 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. Our weather (within shouting distance of this marker); A Bridge for Mackinac (within shouting distance of this marker); John L. (Jack) Staffan • Chief Wawatam (within shouting distance of this marker); Lake Level Research on the Great Lakes (within shouting distance of this marker); Mackinaw Boat - Mackinaw Coat (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Timeline (within shouting distance of this marker); Chief Wawatam (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Chief Wawatam (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mackinaw City.
 
Regarding Island-Hopping the Straits. Mackinaw City is the only entity spelled with “aw.” Mackinac Island, Mackinac County, the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge are all spelled with the French “ac,” but are pronounced “aw.”
 
Also see . . .  Straights of Mackinac. History of the present bridge, on the Michigan Department of Transportation website. (Submitted on June 28, 2007.) 
 
Additional keywords. Straits
Mackinac and Round Islands image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, August 9, 2006
2. Mackinac and Round Islands
Passenger ferries on the Straits of Mackinac, between Mackinac Island (on the left side of photo) and Mackinaw City (by photographer).
of Mackinac Mackinac Bridge
 
St. Ignace Shoreline image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, August 9, 2006
3. St. Ignace Shoreline
Mackinac Island is in the background.
Ferry Arriving image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, August 9, 2006
4. Ferry Arriving
Hydro-jet passenger ferry arriving at St. Ignace, having departed from Mackinac Island in the distance.
Mackinac Island image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, August 9, 2006
5. Mackinac Island
View of Mackinac Island and Lake Huron shoreline from Castle Rock. Rising almost 200 feet above lake level, this was a lookout of the Ojibway Indians and was often referred to as Pontiac's lookout.
Ferry Boarding at Mackinaw City image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, August 9, 2006
6. Ferry Boarding at Mackinaw City
Mackinac Bridge Crossing the Straights of Mackinac image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, August 9, 2006
7. Mackinac Bridge Crossing the Straights of Mackinac
This bridge that avoided Mackinac Island carries Interstate 75 connecting the southern and northern peninsulas that form the State of Michigan. The Straights of Mackinac connect Lake Michigan to the west from Lake Huron to the east.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 28, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 2,323 times since then. Last updated on August 5, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Photos:   1. submitted on June 28, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 5, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   7. submitted on June 28, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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