Google Maps has added street level photos, captured with their photo sphere, of businesses and landmarks around Mackinac Island.
Go to Google Maps by clicking on the map below, then click on the small yellow person at the bottom right of the screen. That will trigger the light blue 'street view' images available on Mackinac Island.
Here's the direct link to Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/OEVnd
Google Earth recently visited the island using a photo sphere attached to a backpack. It should take a couple of months before those ground level images are part of Google Earth.
You may not always be able to make a trip to Mackinac Island when you want to, so we bring the island to you. Our 'Five Minutes on Mackinac' video series is ready to help you escape.
Here's 75 minutes of the sights and sounds of Mackinac from our YouTube Channel playlist!
Here's a direct link to the playlist:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WnsHcusE_k&list=PL98GXUfKK-jYk8Pql3-r889g3UGZE4a6N
You can watch all our Mackinac Island videos on our YouTube Channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/MackinacIslandBlog/videos
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Fort Holmes, the highest point on Mackinac Island, had been a strategic location for the military during the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. Built by the British and named in honor of King George, the fort was later turned over to the United States in 1815. It was then named Fort Holmes, in rememberance of Major Andrew Holmes who died in battle on Mackinac Island the previous year.
The fort decayed over time, but in 1937, as part of The New Deal, the Progress Works Administration (WPA) rebuilt the fort to it's original appearance.
A film crew documented WPA projects around Michigan and the Fort Holmes project was part of the hour-long documentary. The film is now part of the Public Domain collection within the National Archives.
I have edited the video below so it features just the Mackinac Island portion of the film. The video includes some scenes of Fort Mackinac and the downtown district, likely in early 1937 before moving to the Fort Holmes laborers hard at work.
If you haven't made the trip to Fort Holmes, here is what it has looked like more recently:
In 2013, Mackinac State Historic Parks announced the reconstruction of Fort Holmes to it's original appearance, along with interpretive exhibits for visitors.
While most visitors will never see Fort Holmes, I hope those that do will now not only enjoy one of the best views on the island, but see another part of Mackinac Island's history come to life.
In a continuing series this summer, I'm featuring guest bloggers who are sharing their experiences and insights on Mackinac Island. Our second guest blogger, Brenda Horton, who writes her own blog, Bree's Connecting the Dots has graciously shared some of her favorite little secrets about the island with us. Thank you, Brenda!
Returning to Mackinac Island as a vacationer - instead of a home owner - happened to the Horton clan a couple of weeks ago for the first time in six years.
I found myself taking notes on what felt different about the trip, since we could no longer answer the oft-asked question, "Where are you staying on the island?" with "Oh, we have a condo here." It embarrasses me to admit I loved saying that and watching visitors' eyes widen with wistfulness; but I can say it without guilt because before we bought on the island, my eyes widened the same way when we'd meet someone who owned Mackinac property. I'd be - in turn - awed, wistful, and OK - downright jealous.
But . . .those days are gone, and we're slowly adjusting to our new normal (sigh). We are once again visitors/vacationers/fudgies/tourists (well, OK, we're not fudgies). We check in and out of wherever we're staying just like 95% of the other visitors to Mackinac. And that's fine because, after all, where you put your head down on the pillow at night is not what's important on Mackinac Island. What's important is that you "get it", and if you "get" Mackinac, it doesn't matter if you're there for a day trip, a week-long vacation, a month, or a season.
My husband Ted and I learned many years ago that to truly experience Mackinac you have to get off the two main streets and go up into the island. You need to get yourself a map from the Tourism Bureau and explore all the trails - even those with funny names - like Morning Snack,…Continue