Mackinaw City in Cheboygan County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Mackinaw City Historical Pathway
Chief Wawatam has long been revered for his bravery and fidelity in protecting his English brother Henry. As faithful as its namesake, the coal-powered railroad ferry Chief Wawatam plied the waters of the Straits of Mackinac carrying rail cars between Michiganís two peninsulas for more than seventy years. This statue of Wawatam was carved by local craftsman Jerry Prior from a one-hundred year old piece of local white pine. Once again, Chief Wawatam proudly stands on the shores of the Straits of Mackinac.
Erected by Mackinaw City
Location. 45° 47.017′ N, 84° 43.422′ W. Marker is in Mackinaw City, Michigan, in Cheboygan County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Huron Avenue and East Jamet Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker and Chief Wawatam tree trunk sculpture are located beside the sidewalk, at the center of Mackinaw City's Wawatam Park. 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. Island-Hopping the Straits (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dixie Highway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Mackinaw City (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Chief Wawatam (approx. 0.2 miles away); Iron Horse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mackinaw City (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Algomah (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mackinaw, Mackinac or Michilimackinac? (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mackinaw City.
Also see . . .
1. Wawatam (Wikipedia). Wawatam (little goose) was an 18th-century Odawa chief who lived in the northern region of present-day Michigan's Lower Peninsula in an area along the Lake Michigan shoreline known by the Odawa as Waganawkezee (it is bent). He is known through his rescue of and friendship with British fur trader Alexander (Submitted on April 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. History Carved in Wood. Scattered around Mackinaw City are several wooden sculptures carved by local resident Jerry Prior, each depicting a person of historical importance in town. His sculptures are part of the Mackinac City Historical Pathway. (Submitted on April 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 119 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.