Wednesday, August 11, 2010

beaver island

A postcrosser in South Africa requested a card that carried some local information or history. I wonder what she will make of this one of St. James harbor on Beaver Island in upper Michigan. The view is innocuous, but the history of the place is bizarre. Beaver Island was once ruled by the only 'king' in the United States, the Mormon King Strang, who ruled his band of believers with a heavy hand. He was shot to death by followers in 1856. The island is now a resort area.