Many visitors come into the Upper Peninsula by crossing the Mackinac Bridge then turn left and head west down US-2 for the western part of the U.P. I wonder how many travelers notice the cemetery a few miles west of St Ignace. The Gros Cap cemetery is one of the oldest contiguously operating cemeteries in the nation.
In the 1600s, a large group of Ottawa Indians settled in the area and established a burial ground which is now part of the present day cemetery. Over the centuries both Native Americans and European settlers have been laid to rest in the cemetery. A wide variety of headstones and grave markers can be seen in this pretty little graveyard. From wooden crosses to modern granite marks it spans a lot of history. I wonder how many people just pass on by without knowing the history of this cemetery.
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