National Geographic : 1973 Aug
A place out of time, Mackinac Is land in northwestern Lake Huron keeps to the clip-clop pace of the horse and buggy. Here automobile company executives from Detroit come each summer to unjangle their nerves and find respite from urban traffic jams. Visitors savor the 19th century atmosphere (above left) dur ing an early-morning horseback ride. Taking part in a whimsical end-of the-season ritual, waitresses at a local resort hotel jump off a pier-serving trays and all (left). In winter the pop ulation shrinks from summer's thou sands to 500 year-round residents. Dr. James Fraser (above right) transports his medical bag in a sleigh along a street that has been cleared by a snow plow-one of the few motor vehicles allowed on the island. The Great Lakes: Is It Too Late?