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Topinabee Landing: 1910

Topinabee Landing: 1910

Circa 1910. "Topinabee Landing, Hamill's Inland Route, Cheboygan-Petoskey, Michigan." Excursionists on the dock, just in from an outing. View full size.


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Lunch is Served - at the Topinabee Hotel

According to this source your trip started in Petoskey at 9:25 AM where you boarded a train that went 5 miles northeast of town to Oden, MI where you boarded the Steamer Topinabee. In July of 1907 the stops along the way included Alanson, Sagers/Buckeye House, Columbus Landing, Indian River, Topinabee (one hour lunch/dinner stop at the Topinabee Hotel Landing), Dodge’s Point/Club House, Hackmatac Inn and Cheboygan. (This part of the trip was 39 miles long.)

The steamer then went out onto Lake Huron and stopped first at Point aux Pins on Bois Blanc Island, then onto Mackinac Island and St. Ignace before returning home. (This would add another 20 miles or so to the trip.)

Fancy Hats!

Too bad we don't have cool fancy hats like all the ladies were wearing back then!

Oh, my!

Margaret waited patiently but it soon became apparent she had gone to the wrong pier.

Try the venison, I'll be here all week

Remember, ladies, Topinabee is still better than a bee in your top!

But seriously, the Inland Waterway in Michigan will still get you (almost) all the way across the 'tip of the mitt' via water, thus avoiding going all the way around through the sometimes treacherous Straits of Mackinac.

Paging Nick Adams

I always associate Northern Michigan with Ernest Hemingway, who spent a lot of time her in his youth, before the war.

Top Heavy

It's amazing that those boats didn't capsize regularly.

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