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Around the Shores of Lake Michigan
A Guide to Historic Sites
Margaret Beattie Bogue

This superbly organized guide to the 1,600-mile shoreline of Lake Michigan describes 182 historical sites and points of interest. Generously illustrated, it includes historical sketches, keys to recreation, and a large fold-out planner map.

Ephraim, Wisconsin. Manistique, Michigan. Mackinac Island. Sleeping Bear Dunes. From the expansive skyline of Chicago to the magnificent Straits of Mackinac, the shoreline of Lake Michigan offers exciting opportunities for travel, exploration, and enjoyment. Margaret Beattie Bogue includes communities, parks, national forests and lakeshores, wildlife refuges, islands, lighthouses, hiking trails, Indian reservations, and other sites. For each, she provides a short descriptive history and suggestions for specific points of interest we might wish to explore.

The author also provides a series of essays that help to bring a broad appreciation of the region's history and character. These sections, touching on the original American Indian inhabitants, early French explorers and missionaries, the fur trade, and the westward movement of the pioneers, leading to the giant industries of the region—lumbering, mining, agriculture, commercial fishing and shipping—all will be recalled and consulted often, as we encounter the places where this rich history was made.

Two hundred and fifty illustrations illuminate this large and handsome book, one that will serve as an unparalleled trip planner, a faithful travel companion, and fascinating armchair reading.

Margaret Beattie Bogue is professor emerita of history and liberal studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is the author of Fishing the Great Lakes, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press, and of many other books and articles on fisheries, wetlands, and agriculture in the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada.

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the cover of Bogue's book features a large photo of Lake Michigan, with the sun setting behind a dock.

April 1985
400 pp. 9 1/2 x 9 1/2
250 illus., maps    

The cloth edition is out of print.
ISBN-10: 0-299-10000-6

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