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City of St. Ignace

St. Ignace, the county seat of Mackinac County, is known as The Gateway to the Upper Peninsula due to its placement at the northern end of the Mackinac Bridge.  Guests visiting St. Ignace will find a variety hotels and restaurants.  Plenty of ice cream shops will keep you cool while fudge and taffy satisfy your sweet tooth.  Various activities are available such as museums, the Huron Boardwalk, hiking the North Country Trail, biking, adventures on the ORV trails, or take a day to relax in the sun at the Sand Dunes located along US 2.  The Mackinac County Airport is located along Business Loop I-75 on the northern edge of the city.

Interesting History and Facts about St. Ignace

St. Ignace, named for Saint Ignatius of Loyola, was founded by Father Marquette in 1671.  Native Americans were the first to have settlements in the area, which came to play a pivotal role in the Great Lakes fur trade.  The industries of logging and commercial fishing drew many settlers and caused a great deal of growth in the area.  Before the Mackinac Bridge was completed in 1957, travelers to the region crossed the Straits on ferry boats.  The Michigan State Ferry Service was established to transport vehicles across the Straits in 1923.



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