Long before the Mackinaw Bridge, expressways, wineries and craft breweries, tourists destinations were a lot different. They were more like roadside oddities and strange looking places to attract motorists. One of the earliest tourist attractions in the Upper Peninsula was Fort Algonquin north of St. Ignace. The fort was built by Vaught Norton in the 1920s to look like an old fort from Michigan’s fur trading days. He also purchased Castle Rock, but sold it during the Great Depression. He entertained tourist for decades displaying his Native American artifacts and selling trinkets to tourist.
The old fort sits on the Mackinac Trail north of St Ignace and because of it’s location away from town it is mostly forgotten. It’s no longer open but the fort style structure is still standing. I drove past it and wondered what it was and found their facebook page HERE
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