Photo Gallery Friday: Historic Fort Michilimackinac State Park in Mackinaw City
Present-day Mackinaw City’s location at the confluence of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron made it an important area from the early days of the state, and today many well-preserved historical landmarks remain. Fort Michilimackinac is one of several sites maintained as part of Mackinac State Historic Parks (Fort Mackinac, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Mackinac Island State Park, Historic Mill Creek and the Manoogian Art Museum are the others) and takes visitors back in time to the 1700s when the fur trade was in full swing and the fort was an important trading post for the French and later the British. It was the site of a bloody battle between the Ojibwe and the British, and in 1781 it was replaced by Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island. Today the fort is open as a museum with reconstructed buildings, live reenactments, musket and cannon firings and ongoing archaeological dig sites. Find out more information about hours of operation, admission cost and see a site map at http://www.mackinacparks.com/parks-and-attractions/colonial-michilimackinac/ Here’s a look at some pictures from a 2015 visit, with thanks to Russell Katje.