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

Mackinaw, Mackinac or Michilimackinac?

Mackinaw City Historical Pathway

 
 
Mackinaw, Mackinac or Michilimackinac? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, June 11, 2017
1. Mackinaw, Mackinac or Michilimackinac? Marker
Inscription.  
The entire Mackinac Straits region derives its name from a French translation of the Ojibway name for Mackinac Island; Missilimakinak, where missi (also michi or mishi) means great or many and Mackinac means turtle. Although it has been spelled many different ways over the years, the most common form is Michilimackinac and it means "the great turtle." The reason for this name becomes obvious when you notice the high cliffs on Mackinac Island seem to resemble a giant turtle shell.

In the early 1700s the fur trading outpost on the mainland became known as Fort Michilimackinac and the island was abbreviated to Mackinac. The Village of Mackinaw City was incorporated in 1883 with an English spelling that suggests the more common pronounciation of Mackinac.

Source: Memories of Mackinaw, Judy Ranville and Nancy Campbell (Marker Number 1.)
 
Location. 45° 46.873′ N, 84° 43.537′ W. Marker is in Mackinaw City, Michigan, in Cheboygan County. Marker is at the intersection of South
Mackinaw, Mackinac or Michilimackinac? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, June 11, 2017
2. Mackinaw, Mackinac or Michilimackinac? Marker
View looking east across South Huron Avenue.
Huron Avenue and East Central Avenue, on the right when traveling south on South Huron Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 South Huron Avenue, 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. The Algomah (a few steps from this marker); Mackinaw's Civil War Cannons (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Mackinaw City (within shouting distance of this marker); Mackinaw City (within shouting distance of this marker); Iron Horse (within shouting distance of this marker); Chief Wawatam (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dixie Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Historic Mackinaw City (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mackinaw City.
 
Also see . . .  001. Pronouncing Mackinaw. Web page with audio tour file. (Submitted on June 10, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 97 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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