Island-Hopping the Straits

Island-Hopping the Straits (HMMX)

Location: Cheboygan, MI 49721 Cheboygan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 45° 47.022', W 84° 43.364'

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In 1920 the need for extensive highways in Michigan was becoming evident and Horatio S. Earle, highway commissioner, suggested a submerged, floating tunnel. A counter-proposal was made by C. E. Fowler, a consulting engineer from New York City.

The Fowler proposal suggested a series of causeways and bridges starting near Cheboygen and proceeding via Bois Blanc Island, Round Island and Mackinac Island to St. Ignace. In 1934 the Mackinac Straits Bridge Authority engaged Fowler to further detail this route. The cost was estimated at $35 million. Funding was requested from the federal government but was denied.

Fortunately for Mackinac Island, this route was never realized, and its auto-free lifestyle continues unchanged.
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Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 10:15am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 677018 N 5072537
Decimal Degrees45.78370000, -84.72273333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 47.022', W 84° 43.364'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 47' 1.32" N, 84° 43' 21.84" W
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Area Code(s)616, 231
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 216 N Huron St, Cheboygan MI 49721, US
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