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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 simply Mackinac.
Since the near end of the 1800's, the Dixie Saloon has stood as a landmark of the end of the Old Dixie Highway.
The Old Dixie Highway ran the complete length of the United States Eastern coastline, stretching from Florida all the way up to Mackinaw City, eventually being replaced by Interstate 75.
The first step was to sink the large, double-walled cylinders that form the bases of the two main tower piers. The caissons had to be sunk down into the bedrock on the lake floor, a great challenge for the divers involved. A "catwalk" made of cyclone fence enabled the workers to navigate between the bridge towers, high above the lake below.
When the foundation pillars were finished, the iron workers were brought in to string the massive cabling network! When finished, the cables were close to 25 inches in diameter.
Although the bridge was envisioned way back in the late 1800s, Sen. Brown, Sr., the "Father of the Mackinac Bridge," was the key figure in the bridge construction project. Mennen (Soapie) Williams was another strong advocate for the bridge and helped to create the Mackinac Bridge Authority in 1950. Because the bridge was in a remote area, financing the project was slow and difficult.In 1761 the French relinquished Fort Michilimackinac to the British who had assumed control of Canada as a result of their victory in the French and Indian War.Under the British, the fort continued to serve as a major fur trade facility.No matter how it is spelled, however, it is always pronounced Mackinaw! ) above the Straits of Mackinac, where Lakes Michigan and Huron meet, is the world-famous Mackinac Bridge.Also known as the "Mighty Mac," this engineering marvel is 5 miles long anchor block to anchor block.