Tidbits of Interest
Traders and trappers began cutting wood, trapping, and fishing in the area of Beaver Island, Michigan, somewhere near 1840. Prior to that, the area was mostly inhabited by American Indians and the missionaries who sought to convert and baptize them. James Strang formed a Mormon settlement at Beaver Island. By the 1850s nearly all of the population of Beaver Island was Mormon. Fishing and farming and logging. All were staples in the economy of early Beaver Island. The Island has always attracted tourist traffic. The beaches and tranquility were sought after as early as 1878, and with quite a boost in the 1920s and 1930s. Today, Beaver Island is still a very desirable tourist destination.