Michigan’s famed five-mile Mackinac Bridge opened to automobile traffic on Friday, November 1, 1957 — 60 years ago! The list of facts and figures related to the “Mighty Mac” are nearly as long as the structure is itself. But, here are 17 things you may not know about this Pure Michigan icon!
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By Dr. Lynn Evans, Curator of Archaeology – Mackinac State Historic Parks
Archaeological excavation has taken place at Michilimackinac, in Mackinaw City, every summer since 1959, making it one of the longest on-going projects of its kind in North America. The excavation takes place wit… READ MORE
Enjoy the spectacular views from the top of the Mackinac Bridge with all its fall splendor during the 9th Annual Mackinac Bridge Fall Color Run on Saturday, October 7. The first half of the race is a steady incline with a slope of 5º, with the total length of the course is 5.06 miles.
The race begins at 7a… READ MORE
Highway, Ramp & Bridge Closures in Effect in the Straits of Mackinac Area
During 60th Annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk
Traffic Updates Available via Text from Mackinac Bridge Authority
As many as 60,000 people are expected to converge in the Straits of Mackinac Monday, September 4 to take… READ MORE
Mackinaw City is considered the “Crossroads of the Great Lakes” for good reason – it is central to dozens of unique locations and activities along both the Lake Michigan and Lake Huron shorelines, as well as the vast woods and waters of both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas. This autumn, bring th… READ MORE
Dozens of the finest craft beer and wines will be served at Conkling Heritage Park, along the shores of Lake Huron, on Saturday, September 9 during the 2nd Annual Mackinaw City Beer & Wine Festival.
Festivities run from 1-10pm, with $5 admission including a tasting glass and 2 tasting drink tick… READ MORE
Michigan has more lighthouse than any other state (at nearly 120) and the Straits area is home to more than a dozen of these historic navigational aids. You’re invited to celebrate National Lighthouse Day (August 7) in the heart of the Great Lakes.
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse: Constructed in 18… READ MORE
Michigan is the self-proclaimed “Great Beer State” and for good reason. There are nearly 300 microbreweries around the state, producing thousands of craft beers that are perfect for sampling no matter the season.
Mackinac Island Brewhouse & Winery, located inside Mackinaw Bay Trading… READ MORE
Each Labor Day, tens of thousands of pedestrians from Michigan and beyond gather in the Straits of Mackinac to take part in one of the state’s most significant annual events: The Mackinac Bridge Walk. This year’s event will take place on Monday, September 4.
2017 WALK DETAILS:
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By Scott Winters
As a child, one of my family’s favorite places to visit for vacation was the area around the Straits of Mackinac.
My father was one of those travelers that would have the station wagon packed the night before, and we’d get up in the middle of the night so that we could hit the… READ MORE