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,” first published in 1936, grew to include travel stops in a variety of Michigan cities.
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 villages once dotted the landscape.
Cottage communities along Lake Michigan’s eastern shoreline feature religious beginnings.
Highest terrain in Michigan offers downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing.
Michigan went roller-skate crazy following the war.
Slogans branding a town have been around for years. They were used to promote its advantages in advertisements, publicity brochures and on souvenirs.
A look back at the early years of agritourism.
Passengers left the driving to someone else on short and long tours between resort towns.