In this episode of The Reference Desk, Katie is bewitched with Mackinac Island.
Nestled in the cold, deep waters between the upper and lower pennisulas of Michigan lies the idyllic and picturesque Mackinac Island. What was once a beloved spot for indigenous people evolved into a fur trader’s outpost, a military stronghold, and eventually the tourist destination we know today. From it’s unique ban on automobiles to its Victorian-era flagship hotel, this gem of an island transports its visitor’s back in time.
Let’s explore its unique history, fascinating year-round lifestyle, and it’s darkest haunts.
The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf
Beauty Mark by Carole Boston Weatherford
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat by Aubrey Gordon
Secrets of Mackinac Island series by Katie Winters
The Pink Pony: Murder on Mackinac Island by Charles Cutter
Snowed In by Rachel Hawthorne
Timeless: Inside Mackinac Island’s Historic Cottages by Moira Croghan, Mark Bearss
Haunts of Mackinac: Ghost Stories, Legends and Tragic Tales of Mackinac Island by Todd Clements
Mackinac Island: It’s History in Pictures by Eugene T. Peterson
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