"Pleasant Small Town on Grand Traverse Bay" Elk Rapids by yooperprof

Elk Rapids Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 11 photos

Small town Michigan

"Designed by Charles H. Pealse and built in 1883 near the side where the earliest white settler, Abram Wadsworth, had lived, the Elk Rapids Township Hall has served as a social and political center for over ninety years. Largely due to lumbering and related industries, the village was the most important economic force in the area. Located on Grand Traverse Bay, the prosperous community needed a permanent meeting place. Thus this hall was erected and has hosted theatrical, patriotic, school and township activities."

[from the nearby historical marker]

An interesting highlight of Elk Rapids is the beautiful public library, which is located in a historic home overlooking the lakefront! And it's on an island, too!

For more information, read the history of "The Island House Library" in the tip I created for the place. It's in the "general" section.

  • Last visit to Elk Rapids: Feb 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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