The History of Petoskey and Emmet County
The railroad soon gave land to the United Methodist Church to build an encampment. The community of Bay View was then established in 1875. The community has grown over the years to include around 450 cottages, most of which were built prior to 1900. Bay View Association is recognized as a National Historic Landmark and still functions today as it did in its beginnings as a Chautauqua on Lake Michigan. In Bay View they practice the four pillars of a Chautauqua: religion, recreation, education, and the performing arts. Famous speakers over the years have included Amelia Earhart, William Jennings Bryan, Booker T. Washington, and Helen Keller, to name a few. Bay View still presents a series of lectures and performances throughout the year, many of which occur in John Hall Auditorium, an auditorium with seating for more than 1,000.
The ski industry emerged when Everett Kircher bought land in 1947 to build the area’s first ski resort. That land is now known as Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls. Boyne Resorts has expanded to add Boyne Highlands near Harbor Springs. The Nub’s Nob Ski Area opened in 1958, also near Harbor Springs. The three ski areas boast the Midwest’s Best Skiing. On any given weekend, 5,000 skiers can be found on the slopes in northern Michigan.