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As work progresses on Hotel Earl, let’s take a look back at what one Charlevoix couple had in mind for the lot at the corner of Michigan Ave. and Dixon Ave.

In 1931, Franklin C. Sears and his wife Irene had this elevation plan and floor plan created for a new Georgian style hotel. It is unknown how serious the couple was about the project as we cannot find any mention of it in the newspapers of the time period. The two did have experience in hospitality though, as Irene had been the manager of the Belvedere Hotel for about six or seven years, and the two of them also managed a hotel in Florida during the winter. Maybe the project never got the green light due to a lack of investors, The Great Depression, or possibly because later that year the Sears purchased the Roman Park Hotel in Harbor Springs. At any rate, the lot remained undeveloped until The Pines Inc. began building The Weathervane Lodge in 1958.
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Whose New Year resolution was to exercise more and get into better shape? Have you broken the resolution yet? One important thing about exercising is to use the right equipment and dress appropriately. The 1980s definitely had it's share of interesting fashion trends. ...

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This past September we posted one of our 2016 articles from the Charlevoix Courier that depicted what claimed to be a photo of the first Ironton Ferry operated by Arden Sheldon beginning in 1880. The copy of the photo we were presented back in 2016 was not the best, and the writing etched into the original glass plate was only partially legible. However, we were able to read just enough to determine the picture was taken on the Ocklawaha [sic] River in Florida. From there, a simple Google search brought up the image, and we found that it is in the Library of Congresses collection.
Photographer: William Henry Jackson. Circa 1902 for the Detroit Publishing Co.

The lesson learned here is to do diligent research before having anything published, even if it's just in a local newspaper article.
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The Charlevoix County Jail that was once located on Antrim Street behind the Courthouse. Circa 1920s ...

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