This book is about the resort community of Macatawa Park, which had its heyday in the late 1800's and until the early 1920's. I have always been intrigued by that time period and especially the buildings from that era.
So for my Walk and Click adventure this week I visited our local museum.
They have some wonderful information and pictures of the resort area in their permanent display. Thankfully they allowed photos in that area, so I didn't have to be sneaky with my iPhone.
In 1882 the Macatawa Park Association was founded for the purpose of developing a resort on Lake Michigan at the mouth of Black Lake. Cottages were built and a hotel opened. In 1895 the new Hotel Macatawa was completed with 60 well-appointed rooms. Thousands of visitors came by rail and ferry and later by steamer. The hotel was razed in 1956.
I am so bummed that it was razed and I was born a little to late to see it.
This is the competition across Black Lake, working on their own resort community.
The Hotel Ottawa
Built in 1886 for 1,000 guests, The Hotel Ottawa was the center of the Ottawa Beach Resort area north of the channel. The Pere Marquette Railroad provided service from Grand Rapids beginning in 1890, steamships arrived daily from Chicago. The hotel was destroyed by fire in 1923, but the area's popularity continued with the opening of Holland State Park in 1928.
There was even a roller coaster where cottages stand today.
Originally a residential resort, Jenison Park was transformed by the Interurban railway into an amusement park in 1903. A figure-eight roller coaster, a giant swing, slot machines, and other concessions made the park a popular attraction until the 1920's. A variety of problems, climaxed by the Interurban's demise, led to its closing.
I hope to get back over to that side of town in the near future to poke around and take some pictures. This is the same area as from my lighthouse post.
A Few Other Fun Items at the Museum
The Drive-In Menu From Russ' Restaurant
A dollar and change for a hamburger.
Love this old postage machine. Sanitary stamps made me laugh :)