If you have never visited the Straits of Mackinac, you absolutely need to. Mackinac Island is so quaint, no cars, only bicycles and horses..the perfectly maintained houses/ mansions and other buildings take you back to an easier time, when life was slower. You can also visit the old fort there for a bit of history.
The Straits of Mackinac is the strip of water that connects two of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, and separates the Lower Peninsula of Michigan from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is a shipping lane providing passage for raw materials and finished goods, connecting, for instance, the iron mines of Minnesota to the steel mills of Gary, Indiana. Before the railroads reached Chicago from the east, most immigrants arrived in the Midwest and Great Plains by ships on the Great Lakes. The straits is five miles (8 km) wide at its narrowest point, where it is spanned by the Mackinac Bridge. Before the bridge was built, car ferries transported vehicles across the straits. Today passenger-only ferries carry people to Mackinac Island, which does not permit cars. Visitors can take their vehicles on a car ferry to Bois Blanc Island.
- Paperback: 596 pages
- Publisher: Jeanene\Cooper (June 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615346812
- ISBN-13: 978-0615346816
About the Author
Jeanene Cooper has taught writing and public speaking for more than twenty years since earning her degree in English and Communications from the University of Michigan. A number of her essays and short stories have been showcased at the Gildner Gallery of northern Michigan, including “Limbo” which received first place distinction in the 2005 A-SEED juried theme exhibition, Through the Window. A Michigan native, she currently resides at the “tip of the mitt” with her husband and two sons.