Category Archive: historical sites

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a small island in Lake Huron famous for its 19th and early 20th century quaint architecture and its exclusive use of horses for transportation that is due to a ban… Continue reading

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Michilimackinac State Park, and the Mackinac Bridge

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse is gorgeous. The castle-like appearance of the 1890 Norman Revival-style lighthouse tower combined with its setting overlooking the blue and turquoise waters of the Straits of Mackinac and the… Continue reading

Colonial Michilimackinac, Fort Michilimackinac State Park

Fort Michilimackinac has an interesting history. Occupied starting in 1715, the fort served as center for fur trade for the French followed by the British before being moved in 1781 from its position… Continue reading

Greenfield Village, Michigan

Greenfield Village is a collection of over a hundred relocated buildings and thousands of pieces of historical machinery that are meant to recreate the ways in which Americans have lived and worked since… Continue reading

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Illinois

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site contains the remains of the largest pre-Columbian Native American city, which was the cultural and economic capital of the Mississippian society that stretched from Minnesota to northern Florida… Continue reading

Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, Part 3: Red Reef and Anasazi Trails

The previous two trips to Red Cliffs National Conservation Area we had gone to Cottonwood Canyon, but this trip we headed to the central canyon, which is a popular recreation area. We followed… Continue reading

Hike Around the Silver Reef Mines and the Charcoal Kiln, Dixie National Forest

Silver Reef is an abandoned mining area near Leeds, Utah famous for the silver rush in the 1870s after the surprising discovery of the precious metal embedded in the sandstone. In it’s heyday… Continue reading

V – Bar – V Petroglyph Site, Coconino National Forest, Arizona

The V – Bar – V Heritage Site contains a series of panels incised with more than a thousand petroglyphs that were carved between approximately 1150 and 1400 AD by the Southern Sinaguans.… Continue reading

Tuzigoot National Monument, Arizona

Tuzigoot National Monument is a pueblo constructed by the Sinagua people, who also occupied the nearby cliff dwellings at Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well. Unlike those settlements however, the pueblo at Tuzigoot is… Continue reading

Montezuma Castle National Monument and Montezuma Well, Arizona

Montezuma Castle National Monument features a 20-room cliff dwelling constructed by the southern Sinaguan people of central Arizona between 1100 and 1300 AD. The soft, already-eroded limestone here was easily shaped into living… Continue reading