1850 Mackinaw The Place for Hot Weather
A correspondent of the Wisconsin, from Buffalo, writes this of the "Gem of the Lakes."
The next evening brought is to Mackinaw, where soldiers, fresh fish, Indians, grocers, cannon, and papooses abound in the highways and byways. Mackinaw, with its wooded hills, pleasant residences, and the fort-frowning from that steep hill top, its pure bracing air and beautiful sand beach washed by the water of the lake scarcely less transparent than the air.
Talk of Saratoga and other fashionable watering places as resorts for invalids — one single inspiration of the air of the gem of the Northwestern ;lakes, would inspire a languid sufferer with more life than a dozen draughts of mineral water, and a moonlight walk over the hills or along the shore listening to the soft murmur of the waves stirred by the summer breeze, would be more healthful than a season at a Saratoga hotel with its round of balls and fashionable parties.
People are beginning to find out how healthful and pleasant the Island is, and it must become a place of resort in the hot season for those who seek health, coolness, and a greatful change from city life.
Source: Lake Superior Journal August 24, 185