Before the coming of the rails, ingress and egress from the county was generally undertaken only in the months Lake Michigan was free of ice. When leaving the region, area residents often talked of traveling “outside.”
In Rail and Sail Wakefield wrote, “it is difficult for us now, in these days of instant communication and jet travel, to realize how isolated the Grand Traverse settlement was in its early years.”
Read Wakefield left mark on history in the Leelanau Enterprise.
Photo credit: Lake Leelanau at Bingham from Up North Memories