Posts tagged “Mackinac Island

Mackinac’s West Bluff, Then and Now

Posted on June 7, 2012

When it opened 125 years ago, Grand Hotel raised the profile of Mackinac Island. Already noted as a place of refined respite from the sooty industrial cities of the Great Lakes region, this small, scenic island in Lake Huron soon drew industrialists from around the Midwest. They built fine “cottages” (really large mansions) on the high bluffs adjacent to the hotel to be near the social whirl it afforded. The cottages on West Bluff in the old photo above are finely maintained as summer homes to this day (see below).

From Grand to Grand

Posted on May 14, 2012

Today I had an exciting opportunity to present alongside Dan Musser III, owner of Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan, who was in town for a power networking workshop at Berea High School in Berea, Ohio, followed by “From Grand to Grand,” a tea luncheon at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Olmsted Falls. Following my presentation on Mackinac Island tourism, Mr. Musser told the story of Grand Hotel and how his family has been associated with the summer resort since 1919. Grand Hotel, which opened in 1887, elevated the stature of Mackinac Island, making it the preeminent Great Lakes summer resort. Built in an astounding 93 days by crews working three shifts around the clock, the white-pine hotel became distinguished for its 626-foot-long…

William Gardiner’s Scenic Mackinac

Posted on April 27, 2012

The Detroit Publishing Company, which started in 1896 as Detroit Photographic Company, produced more than 25,000 photographs into the early 20th century. The street view pictured above is archived in the Library of Congress Detroit Publishing Company Collection. Photographs such as this one were the raw material from which the first picture postcards were created. As noted in the web archive’s description, the company “obtained the exclusive rights to use the Swiss ‘Photochrom’ process for converting black-and-white photographs into color images and printing them by photolithography. This process permitted the mass production of color postcards, prints, and albums for sale to the American market.” The same demand for travel mementos created many business opportunities wherever tourists went. In the same year that the Detroit…