I’m spending this week in the Petoskey, Michigan area and have learned a few interesting facts. Such as Ernest Hemingway spent his childhood summers at nearby Wallon Lake and used it as a setting for his Nick Adams stories.
And the name “Petoskey” is said to mean “where the light shines through the clouds” in the language of the Odawa Indians, who are the original inhabitants. The Petoskey stone and the city were named after Chief Ignatius Petosega (1787–1885), who founded the community and has a nearby campground named after him, that has very nice hiking trails.
Petoskey is also famous for a high concentration of Petoskey stones, the state stone of Michigan. And I found one while at the lake last month. The stone is a combination of fossilized coral and stone giving it a unique look. When they’re dry they look like any other limestone, but when polished the six-sided coral fossil emerges.
Petoskey was also the location where 50,000 passenger pigeons were killed each day in the late 19th century, prior to their complete extinction in the early 20th century. A state historical marker commemorates the events, including the last great nesting in 1878. One hunter was reputed to have personally killed “a million birds” and earned $60,000, the equivalent of 1 million dollars today. Crazy!
What happened in your area?