Introduction to Muskegon, Michigan
Muskegon borders both Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake. It's the largest municipality along the Eastern shoreline of Lake Michigan. The Pere Marquette Beach is a popular destination for residents and tourists. During the timber industry era the city had more millionaires than any other city in the country. The fine and performing arts are quite popular with the residents. The town is also known for its "cultural quirkiness."
The Paleo-Indian hunters occupied the region after the pulling back of the Wisconsin glaciers. They were succeeded by Indian Tribes including the Ottawa and Potawatomi. Muskegon is derived from the Ottawa word "Masquigon" which translates to "marshy river or swamp." Father Jacques Marquette passed through the region in 1675. The first non-native to live in the county was a man named Edward Fitzgerald, a fur trader who arrived in 1748. A French-Canadian trader founded a prominent fur trading base at Duck Lake.
In 1837 the development of Muskegon began due to the lumber industry which was taking advantage of the vast timber resources. The lumber produced in Muskegon was utilized in the rebuilding of Chicago after the Great Chicago Fire was over.
Culture and Activities
Muskegon hosts the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp which is situated in the Manistee National Forest. One of the initial chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society is located in the city. The Muskegon Summer Celebration features a variety of popular musicians as well as the Muskegon Art Fair, Village Craft Market, carnival rides and a street fair. Rock the Coast and the Michigan Irish Music Festivals provide noteworthy entertainment. The annual convention for the International Buster Keaton Society occurs in the city. The "Party in the Park" occurs throughout the summer in Hackley Park.
The Broadway at the Frauenthal offers prominent Broadway musicals. The Muskegon County Museum of Art and the Hackley & Hume Historic Site features mansions constructed by lumber tycoons. The Muskegon Museum of Art is recognized as one of the best art museums in the Midwest.
- Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum showcases a World War II submarine named the the USS Silversides.
- S.S. Milwaukee Clipper is a National Historic Landmark.
- The Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame.
- Muskegon Fury ice hockey team is part of the International Hockey League.
- The Muskegon Thunder is an arena football team.
- Lakes Mall.
- Great Lakes Downs is a thoroughbred racetrack.
Boating and fishing are quite popular on Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan. The Muskegon State Park and Winter Sports Complex is a prominent campground area situated along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. It is well known for its sandy shoreline, ski trails and an outdoor luge track. The Lakeshore Bike Trail provides the opportunity to ride bicycles next to the shoreline of Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan.
Cruises along the lakes is popular with tourists. Michigan's Adventure is recognized as the biggest amusement park in Michigan. P.J. Hoffmaster State Park and Pere Marquette Beach are popular destinations. Duck Lake is a notable location.