Behind the shops in downtown St. Ignace is a large rock named St. Anthony’s Rock. The massive rock was formed millions of years ago and is a now-landlocked sea stack or sea chimney, geologically similar to several features on Mackinac Island, such as Arch Rock or Sugar Loaf. As with nearby Castle Rock. Legend has it the rock was named by Father Louis Hennepin while exploring the great lakes in 1679 on La Salle’s boat the Griffon. It is believed the rock was named for Saint Anthony of Padua. In the late 1880s, the rock became a popular tourist attraction as the railroad bringing tourists to the area wound its way past the large rock.
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