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Bois Blanc Township

Bois Blanc Township is synonymous with Bois Blanc Island (locally pronounced “Bob-lo”). “Bois Blanc” is French for "white wood". Access to Bois Blanc Island requires either a private plane or a ferry boat ride from Cheboygan, Michigan to Pointe aux Pins (named for its location in the pine forests), which is located on the south side of the island. Upon arrival, guests will find a local Post Office (49775), cottages, a school and ancient evergreen forests. For additional information follow the link to http://boisblanc.org/

Interesting History and Facts about Bois Blanc

The name Bois Blanc is commonly thought to refer either to the silver birch or the basswood.  The basswood is called “bois blanc” in other contexts, due to its white underbark which was used by Native Americans and French-speaking fur traders for cordage, including the sewing up of canoes and the manufacture of webbing for snowshoes.

The local Anishinaabe (Chippewa) tribe ceded Bois Blanc to the U.S. Federal Government with the Treaty of Greenville in 1795. It was settled in the late 1800s as a resort community after being used as a source of kilned lime and firewood for Mackinac Island and other local settlements.


 

 

 

Supervisor      Loren Gibbons            (231) 634-7055 

Clerk                Joan Schroka             (231) 634-7275 

Treasurer        Cheryl Gahn               (231) 634-7275 

Trustee             Lani White                (231) 634-7440 

Trustee             Shelby Newhouse     (231) 634-7393

Assessor           Joan Shroka             (231) 634-7275 

Deputy Sheriff  Graham Whipple       (231) 634-7354 

 

Board Meetings: 

Jan.-June and Sept. -Dec. second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.    July  & August, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays

Polling Place:  

Township Hall  


 

 

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