Sanilac Petroglyphs

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In August we traveled to Sanilac to view Michigan’s only known Native American petroglyphs.

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These rock carvings were discovered after forest fires swept Michigan’s thumb in the late 1800s.

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An antlered animal.

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Can you see the archer?

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Many of the sandstone carvings are faint after years of erosion and trampling from careless visitors. Michigan’s DNR erected a pavilion and posted barrier ropes to slow the weathering process. Furthermore, a padlocked fence now prevents visitors from viewing the site outside of specified hours.

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When we visited, two DNR attendants sat listening to the radio just a few feet from the petroglyphs. I was disappointed. So odd to hear pop music being broadcast while we viewed ancient carvings.

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If you’re interested in visiting the petroglyphs, please be aware that the Michigan DNR allows visitors during only specified hours as listed on their Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park webpage.

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Stay tuned for pics from the rest of our August day trip.

(Hint: there’s a Great Lake involved).

8.15.12

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