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Friedrich Tower Traverse City

Landscapes with a View

Michigan’s beautiful landscape, with its rolling hills, inland lakes, and patchwork of farms, fields and forests, encouraged entrepreneurs to build sightseeing towers that offered tourists a chance to see expanded scenic views from a height reached by paying a small fee.
The Negro Motorist Green-Book

Michigan’s ‘Green Book’

“The Negro Motorist Green Book,” first published in 1936, grew to include travel stops in a variety of Michigan cities.

Looking Back at Michigan’s Amusement Parks

From early amusement parks such as the Chutes Park in Chicago (1884) and Coney Island in New York (1885), came the craze that sprouted almost 2,000 small amusement parks around the country by 1920.
Miniature Traverse City

Land of the Lilliputians

Miniature villages once dotted the landscape.
Hotel at Bay View

Gathering At the Water, in the Dunes

Cottage communities along Lake Michigan’s eastern shoreline feature religious beginnings.
Porcupine Mountain

Skiing the Porkies

Highest terrain in Michigan offers downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing.

Shall We Go Skating?

Michigan went roller-skate crazy following the war.

Sloganeering Michigan

Slogans branding a town have been around for years. They were used to promote its advantages in advertisements, publicity brochures and on souvenirs.
Grape Vineyard Tabor Farm

Michigan’s Famous Fruit Belt

A look back at the early years of agritourism.
Greyhound bus

Vacationing by Bus in Michigan

Passengers left the driving to someone else on short and long tours between resort towns.