Missaukee County, established in 1871 in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula, has a rich history of logging, farming, and seasonal celebrations. Lake City, located on the shores of the beautiful 2,000-acre Lake Missaukee, is known for its “Four Seasons of Fun” and as the “Christmas Tree Capital” of the nation. Scenic, freshwater lakes and streams encourage swimming, boating, fishing, and camping throughout the year. The summer season finds people enjoying the rustic beauty and celebrating the Greatest Fourth in the North festival. Opportunities for hunting, snowmobiling, skiing, and ice fishing abound during fall and winter with over 100,000 acres of public land to explore. Each fall, the Christmas tree and lumber industries are celebrated with the annual Festival of the Pines. Chapters of this book explore interesting facets of the county’s history: logging, farming and agriculture, schools, sports and teams, and festivals and tourism. Discover places, people, and little known facts that define the area, including the once-thriving towns that have almost disappeared.
About the Author
Local authors Michelle Moore and Charlotte Griffith present Images of America: Lake City and Missaukee County with four seasons of fun and decades of interesting history. Moore is director of the Missaukee District Library and a member of the Missaukee Historical Society, and Griffith is the reference librarian at Muskegon Community College.
Table of Contents
1 Lake City, the County Seat 9
2 Lake Missaukee and the County Park 41
3 The Southern Section of the County 51
4 The Eastern Section of the County 79
5 The Northern Section of the County 89
6 The Western Section and the Early Logging Industry 103