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Mackinac Area

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The Mackinac Area is the northernmost part of Northern Michigan, just south of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge to St. Ignace in the Upper Peninsula.

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The region has a bit of a problem with consistency in spelling and pronunciation. The Straits, Bridge, and Island are all spelled "Mackinac" but pronounced "Mackinaw"; with the final "c" left silent. The City and the Coast Guard cutter named after it are pronounced the same way, but are also spelled that way. However, the final "c" on Fort Michilimackinac is pronounced. (The "Mich" is pronounced "Mish", just like in the name of the state; at least that's consistent.)

The regional names are consistent, considering the local Indians (various tribes) had their way of pronouncing and area, and the French and English had their way of spelling what they heard from the Indian pronounciations. Michigan remains very historic in this sense. It has kept the spellings and pronounciations as were origninally given by Indian, French and English.

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  • Mackinac Bridge Walk. [1] This event takes place every year on Labor Day (the first Monday in September). Two of the four lanes on the five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge are closed to vehicles, and people are allowed to cross on foot (which is normally not permitted). Participation in this event typically numbers between 50,000 and 65,000. Pedestrians cross from north to south only. There is no fee for the walk itself; a small fee is charged for south-to-north transportation across the bridge on school buses. Not recommended for those uncomfortable with heights.

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