I have four generations from Mackianc Island. The LaPine Family. My mother Dr. Mercedes A. LaPine N.D.was the last to be born on my side of the family on the Island. I have spent every summer on the Island since I was two years old. My summers now are spent photographing Weddings on the Island. Below are some facts about:
Mackinac or Mackinaw?
The name Michilimackinac, the place of the “Great Turtle”, was first given to Mackinac Island for its shape and was eventually given to the entire Straits of Mackinac region. In time, certainly by the 1820s, it was shortened to Mackinac. The founders of Mackinaw City opted for the phonetic “aw” spelling, probably as a way to distinguish their town from Mackinac Island for confused postal carriers.
Today Mackinaw City retains the “aw” spelling while the bridge, straits and island steadfastly cling to the “ac” spelling. No matter how it is spelled, however, it is always pronounced Mackinaw!