(Report by Jim) Filling in this last week lets me go back to all the archive photos I’ve scanned over the years. I scanned the thousand original Erhardt Peters negatives and photos that we helped secure for the museum. I scanned a stack for Marv Anderson and Frank Mead and Walter McCord when he was still with us. The photos today are from Frank’s collection. They pre-date the Erhardt Peters photos by a decade or so and I do not know who took them. The second photo is Leland taken toward the Northeast from Round Top, the large indian mound on South Lake Street. This was after the area was essentially clear-cut by the logging operations.
The first photo is not so hard to identify. You might recognize the building on the bottom left. I can’t be sure, but it might be the same building as, or at least the same location, where the Mercantile is now. That would make this the original dam that pre-dated the current Leland dam. As the photo below shows, the whole town assembled to celebrate what I can only guess is the opening. Many of them are standing on the wooden bridge that the two people are walking on in the first photo. This is the beginning (at least the expansion) of Lake Leelanau as we know it.
(My history is sketchy, so if anyone has anything to add or any corrections, I welcome them)