“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near St. Ignace in Mackinac County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Mackinac Straits

Mackinac Straits Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 12, 2009
1. Mackinac Straits Marker
Inscription. Nicolet passed through the Straits in 1634 seeking a route to the Orient. Soon it became a crossroads where Indian, missionary, trapper, and soldier met. From the 1600's through the War of 1812 first Frenchman and Englishman, then Briton and American fought to control this strategic waterway. In 1679 the Griffin was the first sailing vessel to ply these waters. The railroad reached the Straits in 1882. Until the Mackinac Bridge was opened in 1957, ferries linked the north and south.
Erected by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number 82.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 45° 50.983′ N, 84° 43.333′ W. Marker is near St. Ignace, Michigan, in Mackinac County. Marker is on Interstate 75 at milepost 343, mile south of U.S. 2, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is approx. mile north of the Mackinac Bridge in the parking lot of the Michigan Welcome Center. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Ignace MI 49781, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. David B. Steinman (approx. 0.3 miles away); South Tower Fog Bell (approx. 0.3 miles away); Prentiss M. Brown, Michigan Lawyer, Mackinac Visionary (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mackinac Bridge, Michigan (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mackinac County Soldiers & Sailors War Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); St. Ignace (approx. 1.3 miles away); Ottawa Indian Village (approx. 4 miles away); British Landing (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Ignace.
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 24, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 357 times since then and 11 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on January 24, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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