MI Historical Marker - Skull Cave, Mackinac Island

Ever spent the night in a bad hotel? Uncomfortable bed? Drafty room? Angry Indians trying to kill you?

That was how Alexander Henry spent the on evening on Mackinac Island in 1763. Granted, the accommodations on the island were not what they are now, but that was still rather extreme. When the chief of the Ojibwe tribe wanted to kill Mr. Henry, a friendly member of the tribe, Wawatam, hid Alexander in Skull Cave overnight. And it just happened to be that Skull Cave was an Indian burial site.

It's not nearly so scary these days, with a historical marker and far, far fewer hostile Indians to worry about. It's easy to find, at the corner of Garrison Road and Rifle Range Road. You're not allowed to sleep in it, but if you do, I promise, I won't tell.

Marker Text

According to tradition this is the cave in which the English fur-trader Alexander Henry hid out during the Indian uprising of 1763. The floor of the cave, he claimed, was covered with human bones, presumably Indian.

Latitude: 45.857411
Longitude: -84.618609

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