Located at the base of the Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City is the largest in the region known as Northern Michigan - typically referring to the area north of Mount Pleasant or the "fingers" of the mitten shape of the Lower Peninsula. The 45th parallel runs across Northern Michigan including Mission Point and Suttons Bay - both located north of Traverse City, separated by Grand Traverse Bay.
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History of Traverse City
Traverse City was occupied by the Ojibwe and Ottawa tribes after the Revolutionary War and prior to the establishment of the Northwest Territory when European colonists settled. The area was an Indian camp called "wequetong", meaning "at the head of the bay". The camp was slowly abandoned over time.
Reverend Peter Doughtery was the first settler on the Old Mission Peninsula in 1839. The settlement was referred to as "Grand Traverse". In 1847, the land at the mouth of the Boardman River was purchased by Captain Boardman who, with his son, built a sawmill and private dwelling at the mouth of the river. The Boardman's sold the sawmill to Hannah, Lay & Co. who made great improvements to the mill which attracted more people to settle to the area. Today, Perry Hannah is known as the founding father of Traverse City.
Traverse City Today
As the nation's largest producer of tart cherries, the city hosts the National Cherry Festival, a week-long celebration near the time of harvest that attracts visitors from around the world.
Not only is this location optimal for fruit orchards. The proximity to the 45th parallel, surrounding bodies of water and rolling terrain provide ideal conditions for growing grapes and has helped the region in becoming one of the top producing regions of wine in the Midwest.
Each year, at the end of July through the beginning of August, films and filmmakers from around the world are brought to Northern Michigan for the Traverse City Film Festival founded by Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Michael Moore.
Convenient air travel is possible via Cherry Capital Airport, one of Michigan's largest airports, with regularly scheduled passenger flights to Chicago and Detroit; and, seasonal flights to Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Florida, Minneapolis, Newark, and New York City.
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Traverse City Real Estate
As one of the most desirable locations to live in the Midwest, Traverse City offers the convenience of a small city, with the charm of Up North living. There is a wide range of real estate opportunities int he Grand Traverse region including waterfront homes, single family homes, subdivision neighborhoods, and multiple acre farmland. In-town condominiums and townhomes provide a unique opportunity for "downtown living" in a maintenance-free destination.
Other Community Information
Churches in Traverse City
Traverse City is home to several churches of various denominations. Visit here for the top rates churches in the Traverse City region.
Traverse City is home to some of the region's top cultural and art destinations including the City Opera House, Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Center for the Arts (Located just southwest of Traverse City in Interlochen), and Dennos Museum. The downtown offers a vibrant community of shops, restaurants, hotels, and more! Larger commercial stores may also be found on the outskirts of the downtown region.
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