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Hemingway's Michigan Historical Markers

Markers placed by the Michigan Hemingway Society for visitors to "gain further historic and contemporary insights into this place that was Hemingway''s northern home and the writing it inspired."
 
Horton Bay General Store and Marker image, Touch for more information
By William Fischer, Jr., August 26, 2016
Horton Bay General Store and Marker
Michigan (Charlevoix County), Horton Bay — 10 — Horton Bay General StoreHemingway's Michigan

Established in 1876, this building has served as a store and post office and as the village's center of business and social life. Hemingway frequented it both as a boy and as a young man. He described its "high false front" in his story "Up in . . . — Map (db m98008) HM

Michigan (Charlevoix County), Horton Bay — 9 — Pinehurst and Shangri-LaHemingway's Michigan

Jim and Elizabeth Dilworth operated Pinehurst, an inn providing meals and tourist lodging. The Hemingways were family friends and Ernest often stayed here. His wedding reception was held here in 1921 and next door at Shangri-la, a rooming house . . . — Map (db m98030) HM

Michigan (Emmet County), Petoskey — 7 — Carnegie Library BuildingHemingway's Michigan

When living in Petoskey in 1919, the library was a favorite haunt of Hemingway's and, in December, wearing his Italian cape and Red Cross uniform, he spoke here to the Ladies Aid Society about his World War I experiences. At that event he met . . . — Map (db m97891) HM

Michigan (Emmet County), Petoskey — 2 — Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad StationHemingway's Michigan

This station, built in 1899, served as the region’s transportation hub. The Hemingway family passed through it often when going from Harbor Springs to their Walloon Lake cottage. Hemingway himself used the station when travelling north from his . . . — Map (db m97879) HM

Michigan (Emmet County), Petoskey — 6 — Jesperson's RestaurantHemingway's Michigan

Established in 1903, this Petoskey favorite is noted for its home-style cooking. Jesperson's was said to be a favorite hangout of Hemingway and his Petoskey friend, Dutch Pailthorp. Its long lunch counter suggests the ones in Hemingway's story, . . . — Map (db m97919) HM

Michigan (Emmet County), Petoskey — 5 — McCarthy's Barber ShopHemingway's Michigan

This building once housed McCarthy's Barber Shop and Bath Room, where, in the fall of 1919, the young Hemingway went for a shave or haircut and for the patrons' banter about fishing and politics. He also likely took advantage of the public . . . — Map (db m97920) HM

Michigan (Emmet County), Petoskey — 1 — Pere Marquette Railroad StationHemingway's Michigan

Built by the Chicago and West Michigan Railroad in 1892, this building later served as the Pere Marquette Railroad’s main station and Hemingway likely used it when traveling between Charlevoix and Petoskey. It became the Little Traverse History . . . — Map (db m97998) HM

Michigan (Emmet County), Petoskey — 8 — Potter's Rooming HouseHemingway's Michigan

In the fall of 1919, Ernest Hemingway decided to stay in Petoskey and work on writing stories. From October to December, he rented an upstairs bedroom from Mrs. Eva Potter, a widow living here with her children. It was in that bedroom that he . . . — Map (db m98006) HM

Michigan (Emmet County), Petoskey — 4 — The AnnexHemingway's Michigan

The Annex, managed by the Fochtman family, was popular during Hemingway’s time. Historically a saloon and billiard hall, it legally sold only soft drinks during Prohibition but also, probably, alcohol. Hemingway is reported to have enjoyed . . . — Map (db m98005) HM

Michigan (Emmet County), Petoskey — 3 — The Perry HotelHemingway's Michigan

Built in 1899, this is the only one of Petoskey’s grand turn of the century resort hotels still in existence. In 1916 Ernest Hemingway hiked and camped his way to northern Michigan from his Oak Park, Illinois, home with a friend. When he . . . — Map (db m97880) HM


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