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Mackinaw City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Michigan. The small village (population 859 in the 2000 census) is located in the northernmost tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Mackinaw City is located on the Straits of Mackinac, the narrowest part of the body of water that, on the west is Lake Michigan and on the east is Lake Huron. Because of this location Mackinaw City is also the southern foot of the Mackinac Bridge, the only “land” connection between the Upper and Lower Peninsula. Mackinaw City, along with it’s sister city across the bridge, St. Ignace, is also a popular port for ferries going to and from Mackinac Island (which is a small island located in the Straits of Mackinac).
European fur traders and settlers founded the city as a trading post and military outpost in the 1700s. During Pontiac's Rebellion an alliance of native american tribes used a ruse to attack Fort Michilimackinaw and capture it. The rebuilt fort is a marvelous historical site. The British occupied the area throughout the American Revolution. This fur trading and military outpost is reconstructed at Colonial Michilimackinac located approximately one-mile outside of present day Mackinaw City. Located just east of Colonial Michilimackinac is Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse.
Besides its historical sites, Mackinaw City is a destination full of quaint shops, touristy attractions like mini-golf and carnival rides, tiny bake shops and restaurants and abundant opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of Northern Michigan and the lakeshore.