From the Archives

Hotel Labels

Mackinac Island baggage labels from the 1940s.

As Mackinac Island gears up for another season and hotels begin to reopen, we look back at how earlier travelers documented their vacations. Gum-backed stickers for a suitcase announced to the world how well traveled you were. Two of these unused Mackinac examples also served as ads for the Chippewa Hotel, established in 1902. The far right one dates to 1947, when This Time for Keeps was released. The M-G-M musical included scenes filmed on the island. Continue into this post for a few historic images of Mackinac Island hotels still welcoming guests.

A view down Main Street from Fort Street from about 1905 shows the Chippewa Hotel (1902) on the front left and the Murray Hotel (1882) on the far right.

A view down Main Street from Fort Street from about 1905 shows the Chippewa Hotel (1902) on the front left and the Murray Hotel (1882) on the far right.

The Lake View Hotel, built 1858, shown around 1910.

The Lake View Hotel, built 1858, shown around 1910.

Island House Hotel will celebrate 165 years of welcoming guests in 2017. This image is from the late 1890s.

Island House Hotel will celebrate 165 years of welcoming guests in 2017. This image is from the late 1890s.

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  1. Charles Bates

    My grandfarther Dr. Wolf was the vet on the island in the 1950’s are there any pictures or stories with him in the archives?

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    • Dominick Miller

      Hi Charles,

      I have passed your comment to the people responsible for our archives, and they will be in contact with you. Thank you!

      Reply

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