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Michigan

Abel Bingham

Third day came to a beautiful bay, at the mouth of the Grand Marie river, 90 miles from the Sault; being rainy, the ice was covered with water, through which we had to wade the whole distance across. Next morning, passed " Grand Sab," or great sand banks, stretching along the shore some eight or nine miles, nearly perpendicular, and from 50 to 150 feet in height. The curious stacks of ice that had been formed by the restless motion of the great Superior on one side and the huge banks on the other side, presented as grand and sublime a view as imagination could paint. The heavy surf from the broad lake rolled in with awful majesty and dashed with tremendous force against the massive rocks. After passing the " Pictured Rocks" we ascended the ledge and camped in a small ravine. We were within twelve or fourteen miles of the island, but could pass no further on the ice or beach, the lake not being frozen at this point, so must take to the woods. The traveling was so rough and uneven; we were obliged to leave our dog-train, oil-cloth, buffalo robe and oil-cloth overcoat, let the consequences be what, they might; strapped our provisions on our backs and continued our march till we came upon a hunter's camp, so recently deserted that the embers were still alive, and found by our compass that we were lost.

Early Michigan Preachers


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