GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY MICHIGAN
|Size: 464 Square Miles|
|Elevation: 600-1100 Feet|
|Physiography: Hill-lands, plains|
|Growing Season: 90-130 days|
|Annual Precipitation: 30-32 inches|
|Average Snowfall: 80-100 inches|
|Forest Type: Aspen-Birch, Maple-Beech-Hemlock, Oak-Hickory|
|Fall Colors: Early October|
The name of the Grand Traverse comes from the early days of fur trading from
the Frenchmen describing the nine mile trail along the south shore of Grand
Traverse Bay as "la grand traverse" or "the long crossing".
In 1839, Reverend Peter Dougherty established an Indian mission on the strip of
land which extends out into the bay, now know as Old Mission Peninsula.
By the 1840's lumbering was growing in the area and a sawmill was built. With
the decline of lumbering, people began planting fruit trees. The most popular is
the cherry tree production, and is celebrated annually by Grand Traverse's National
Cherry Festival in mid-July.
||Fife Lake (49633)
||Old Mission (49673)