Lumbering was a mainstay for Petoskey during the late 1800’s. Lumber from our region was instrumental in helping rebuild Chicago after the Great Fire.
Passenger trains and steamships played a major role in the growth of Petoskey. The passenger depot for the Chicago and West Michigan line today houses the Little Traverse History Museum.
Petoskey’s oldest building is the St. Francis Solanus Mission, built in 1859. Symons General Store, built in 1879, exemplifies the trend toward brick construction in Petoskey, an attempt to safeguard against the destruction fires caused in other area lumber towns. The building now known as Stafford’s Perry Hotel was Petoskey’s first brick hotel. At the turn of the century, the Perry was advertised as the only fireproof hotel in town and is the only original resort hotel still operating in Petoskey.
For more information about Petoskey’s history, you may contact the Little Traverse History Museum, 231-347-2620.