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The Village of Michiana, Michigan 49117

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Photo by R. Quackenbush

The sleepy, hidden Village of Michiana, with its many charming log cabins, hugs the state line of Michigan and Indiana. The southernmost town of Harbor Country, it is the summer residence for a number of well-known Chicago celebrities and is best known for its quiet, relaxing cottage neighborhoods that lie within earshot of the Lake Michigan surf. The community’s developers honored the area’s first residents, the Indians, by using names such as Pokagon and Seminole for the village’s meandering roads. The most often heard question is ‚”What stop are you near?‚” referring to the old bus route stations that still dot Lake Shore Drive. With very few streetlights, and little traffic, Michiana beaches are the perfect place to star gaze.

History

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Unlike nearby Harbor Country communities, Michiana (and Grand Beach) were solely founded as resort communities. The Long Beach Development Company began subdividing and building Michiana in the 1920's. A famous Michiana landmark was a Signal Oak at the corner of Michiana and Powhattan Drives. Early surveyors marked the tree's trunk to signal the Indiana-Michigan state line. Recognizing the tree's importance, The Long Beach Company built and amphitheater around the tree and used the site as an entertainment center for prospective buyers.

Area Links:

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Village of Michiana
www.michianavillage.org