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Travel with Bennett-Watt and discover Mackinac Island in Michigan.
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Bennett-Watt: Michigan’s and the Upper Peninsula’s crown jewel is Mackinac Island. Travel to the island is by ferry, plane or private boat. It’s a popular race destination for sailors who have been racing here for the last 100 years or so. Transportation on the island is on foot, bicycles or one form or another of genuine horsepower. Best introduction to the island, Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. It’s the world’s largest and oldest horse carriage tour company, running about 300 horses in the summer.
Dan Mitchell: To start it out with, you may have seen the big part on the right which is called the Father Marquette Park. That’s the statue in the center rail—Up on the hill there is Fort Mackinac, that was built in 1780 by the British. Meanwhile is around the Fort there, they’re still original. They have been repaired here and there but for the most part they’re original.
Timothy Putnam: Fort Mackinac is an original revolutionary war era fort. It was built in 1780 by the British and was subsequently by treaty became a property of the Americans. It’s also the site of some battles during the war of 1812. In fact the first land action of the war of 1812 took place right here on that island and changed hands again a couple times. The Americans ended up with it. And now we run it as a living history museum.
Well, Fort Mackinac was built in 1780 and this is the original structure which is one of the neat things about it. You’re standing on the actual ground. This is not a reconstruction or something that was just put up to recreate something that was here. This is the actual Fort. It’s been a museum program as we have it now since 1959 when we started the live interpretation program and really started renovating the buildings and all those kinds of things.
Dan Mitchell: The old building here, the old Fur Company Store which is also known as the Beaumont Museum was dedicated to Dr. William Beaumont. He was a surgeon here at Fort Mackinac. This Beaumont was quite famously noted for being the first person that studied the digestive system and done so right here in Marquette street actually.
Originally, Marquette Street was the main street back in the fur trading days and when the Fort was active and things of the sort. Many of the buildings around Marquette are originals. Some of them date back over 200 years old. And in case you have any post cards to send back home, this is the post office here and we’ll chose another in a few places that are open here around. No mail delivering on the island. Everybody has to ride on a bicycle or walk down to get the mail.
Two big buildings on the right here, these were originally the warehouses of the American Fur Company. This was owned and operated by John Jacob Astor and his family. Now, from 1817 to 1834, the Astor’s bought, sold and traded over $3 million in furs here. The highest priced fur would have actually sold for about a nickel. The average price would have been about two to three cents. So, you can imagine the volume of furs that came to this area in 14 years.
Of course this is the world famous Grand Hotel which is one of the larger summer hotels in the world. Grand Hotel has just 400 rooms, it was originally built by two steam ship companies and a railroad company. It was built basically to promote tourism in this area as I'm sure you’ll notice it definitely worked. That's one of the main attractions here in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Front porch on the Grand Hotel here is 660 feet long very pretty, freshly painted every spring. I can’t imagine how many gallons of paint that would take but definitely would be a lot.
Dan Musser: Native Americans consider Mackinac special and so much so they consider home of their Gods and I sense -- I believed ever since then. We’ve all felt special and later on the British built fortifications here to protect the Straits that the hotel look out over. And then in more recent times, the railroad built this magnificent structure to create a destination to all people.
Female: What brings people to the Grand Hotel?
Dan Musser: Well, I think a combination of things. Certainly the uniqueness of this facility, I think the charm and the uniqueness of the island helped. We also hope that the rooms that we provide, the services that we provide and the food and the ambience that we try to create by holding on to some traditions such as raincoat and tie for gentlemen and the winner in the evening for dinner and music throughout the hotel starting really at lunch time until little past midnight. Fresh flowers whether in our gardens out here or cut-flowers inside. They’re some of the things that the traditional things we’re trying to hold on to but also not be too stuffy.