Jim Sisko

Jim Sisko

Posted on 08/26/2013

Photo taken on August 12, 2013


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Sunset On McGulpin Rock

Sunset On McGulpin Rock
McGulpin Rock isn't as famous as Plymouth Rock, but it has been used as a navigational tool since before the Pilgrims landed. This massive boulder can be found down the hillside from the McGulpin Point Lighthouse, two miles west of Mackinaw City, Michigan. It is located on the shore of Lake Michigan at McGulpin Point with majestic views of the Mackinac Bridge. McGulpin Point was named after Patrick McGulpin, who was given the patent on the land and held the first recorded deed in Emmet County in 1811. In 1615, French explorers noted the huge rock near the Straits of Mackinac. One of the explorers in the expedition was the man believed to be the first European to cross each of the Great Lakes, Etienne Brule. The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts in 1620, five years after Brule made note of McGulpin Rock. Brule's explorers reported that the rock was used by Native American tribes as both a navigational tool and to measure the cyclical changes in the depths of the Great Lakes. At nine feet tall and weighing in at an estimated 54 tons, McGulpin Rock is more than 10 times bigger than Plymouth Rock.

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