By the 1740s, French Catholic missionaries had come to the area near Good Heart, known to the Odawa as Waganakising which means Middle Village, to minister to local tribes. Later, missionary work was taken up by others, including Bishop Frederic Baraga, who dedicated a church at this site on August 1, 1833. The present St. Ignatius Church was constructed in 1889 to replace one destroyed by a fire that same year on Easter Day.
If you take the scenic drive down M119 through the tunnel of trees be sure to take the road next to the Good Hart General Store to go to Middle Village. Next to the church is a paved footpath that leads to a platform which overlooks Lake Michigan.
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