Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island, Mich.)

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Luxury summer resort hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan.

From the description of Grand Hotel records, 1855-2006 (bulk 1946-2006). (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 85778837

From the description of Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan, visual materials series. ca. 1855-2004 (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 85778914

Grand Hotel opened on July 10, 1887 as a venture of the Mackinac Island Hotel Company. In 1910, the hotel was purchased by Henry Weaver, its manager since 1900. The hotel was sold again in 1918, this time to J. Logan Ballard, who died only five years later. In 1925, William Stewart Woodfill purchased the hotel with two other men, to whom he later sold his shares. In 1933, Woodfill would purchase the hotel again, this time as sole owner, after it fell into receivership. Woodfill, who also managed the hotel for a number of years, retained ownership throughout the mid-20th century, though he gradually turned responsibility for the hotel's management over to Dan Musser beginning in 1951. The Musser family purchased the hotel from Woodfill in 1979, and continue to run it today.

Since its opening, Grand Hotel has become a popular family vacation destination and conference location with its upscale accommodations and dining facilities. Features of the hotel include an elaborate, multi-course dinner included for every guest, 18 holes of golf, a 660-foot front porch overlooking the water, and a pool that Esther Williams made famous in the movie This Time For Keeps in 1946.

Information for this History was taken from Grand Hotel: The biography of an American institution by John McCabe. This book, published by the hotel on the occasion of its centennial season, is available in box 1 of the papers, and includes images of historical documents owned by the hotel and other repositories that are not included in this collection.

From the guide to the Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island, Mich.) records, ca. 1855-2011, 1946-2011, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Woodfill, William Stewart, 1896-. William Stewart Woodfill papers, 1957 and 1975. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Michigan Political History Society oral history collection, 1995-2013 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island, Mich.). Grand Hotel records, 1855-2006 (bulk 1946-2006). University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Woodfill, W. Stewart, b. 1896. W. Stewart Woodfill papers, 1957 and 1975. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island, Mich.) records, ca. 1855-2011, 1946-2011 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Doud, Andrew. Andrew Doud photograph collection. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Charles M. Ziegler papers, 1928-1959 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island, Mich.). Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan, visual materials series. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn S. Alicia Poole papers and photographs, 1860s-1950s Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Mason & Rice. Grand Hotel [model]. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
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associatedWith Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946- person
associatedWith Clinton, Hillary Rodham. person
associatedWith Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971 person
associatedWith Doud, Andrew. person
associatedWith Engler, John, 1948- person
associatedWith Michigan Political History Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Milliken, William G., 1922- person
associatedWith Poole, S. Alicia. person
associatedWith Reeve, Christopher, 1952-2004 person
associatedWith Seymour, Jane, 1951- person
associatedWith Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 person
associatedWith Warren, Earl, 1891-1974 person
associatedWith Williams, G. Mennen, 1911- person
associatedWith Woodfill, William Stewart, 1896- person
associatedWith Ziegler, Charles M., 1888-1959 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Michigan--Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island (Mich.)
Mackinac Island (Mich.)
Mackinac Island (Mich.)
Michigan--Mackinac Island
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Summer resorts
Summer resorts
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Construction
Hotels
Hotels
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Motion picture locations
Resorts
Resorts
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Active 1855

Active 2006

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