Emmet County (pop. 32,694) is along Lake Michigan, just across the Straits of Mackinac from the Upper Peninsula. The only other Emmet County is in Iowa.
The county was named for Robert Emmet (1778-1803), an Irish nationalist who was hanged by the British for treason.
The county seat of Emmet County is Petoskey (pop. 5,670), located on the south side of Little Traverse Bay.
The Lake Michigan shore at Petoskey is known as a good place to find “Petoskey stones” – the fossilized coral rock that is Michigan’s state stone.
The Archangel Grotto in Petoskey is the only grotto in the U.S. dedicated to St. Michael, St. Raphael, and St. Gabriel.
About six miles south of Petoskey is a historical sign that commemorates the extinction of the passenger pigeon. Millions of the birds were killed at their nesting colony in the area in 1878.
Just east of Petoskey is Bay View, a resort community established in 1875 by the United Methodist Church that became part of the Chautauqua movement. Every summer it has a program of music and lectures.
Highway M-119 north of Harbor Springs is known as the “Tunnel of Trees.” It goes through the woods and along the shore of Lake Michigan.
Wilderness State Park is in the northern part of Emmet County. Animals in the park include black bear, beaver, bobcat, mink, muskrat, and otter.
Fort Michilimackinac, a restored 18th-century trading post, is in Mackinaw City on the southern shore of the Straits of Mackinac.
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