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Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 12:30 PM

This tour will take you away on a journey back to the past. Your will learn about colorful characters like our city founder, Perry Hannah, and "Wild" Bill Germaine, a small-town crook and con artist. You will explore our storied downtown, the Bay front, the Grand Traverse Courthouse, and campus of the Northern Michigan Asylum (Traverse City State Hospital). From lumber town to a modern city that treasures its past, Traverse City beckons visitors and residents alike to experience local history. Join the Magical History Tour!

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Reservation Adult - $14.95
Reservation Adult with Wheelchair - $14.95
Reservation Senior - $9.95
Reservation Senior with Wheelchair - $9.95
Reservation Student - $9.95
Reservation Student with Wheelchair - $9.95

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Tour Capacity: 28

Take the tour and experience Traverse City history firsthand!  The tour begins at the History Center where you will learn the actors and drama of our past:  the raw lumbering days, the coming of the fruit industry, the expansion of railroads and factories, early resorts, and growth of the Traverse City State Hospital.

You will board a comfortable coach for a 90-minute, nine-mile tour of Traverse City.  Points of interest include the stylish homes of Sixth Street; the Old Town commercial district; the historic Courthouse; the City's beautiful downtown; the Bay front and Warehouse district; Traverse City's oldest neighborhood, Slabtown; and the Village of Grand Traverse Commons, formerly the site of the Traverse City State Hospital.

Tour guides are eager to share stories about Perry Hannah, the town's founder; "Wild" Bill Germaine, a colorful con artist of the turn of the century; cannons that mysteriously discharged during a ceremonial occasion; the Native American presence at the mouth of the Boardman River; patient care at the Traverse City State Hospital; and little known facts about the relationship of Traverse City to celebrities like Henry Ford and golfing great Walter Hagen.  Sign up now.  Do not miss the magic of the Magical History Tour of Traverse City!