In 2005 Fort Mackinac celebrated standing guard over Mackinac Island for 225 years. Next year this cannon will symbolize a 235 year friendship with the island.
After the War of 1812, Fort Mackinac was no longer needed to defend the border from the British in Canada. Mackinac National Park, including the fort, became the second national US park in 1875 (Yellowstone is the first). In 1895 the fort was closed and given to the state of Michigan, making it the state’s first state park.
Fort artillery was instrumental in wiping out enemy attackers. Unfortunately for US troops, the blue uniforms were on the receiving end of the British ordnance.
The blue uniforms of the US Army never defeated the British at Fort Mackinac. Ironically, the US Army re-enactors also had problems firing their muskets; however, when they did fire, they scored a round of applause.
Fort Mackinac was the second Fort built in the UP by the British, who did not relinquish it to the Americans until 1796, fifteen years after American Independence. The British took over the fort a second time at the beginning of the War of1812, defended it through the 1814 Battle of Mackinac Island and once again relinquished control to the US Army in 1815.
Fort Mackinac was built on Mackinac Island by the British during the American Revolutionary War to control the Straits of Mackinac between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Strategically it was a much better location than Fort Michilimackinac.
Tourists can sing the Beep Beep Song all they want as they join the island traffic, but they will hear no car horns during their stay.
The secret of living on Mackinac Island is to get along without motorized vehicles which are banned from operating on the island.
We arrived early before the inn crowd hit the business district. The Grand Hotel is one of numerous inns available to tourists and vacationers.