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Petoskey, Michigan
—  City  —
Location in the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 45°22′24″N 84°57′19″W / 45.37333°N 84.95528°W / 45.37333; -84.95528
Country United States
State Michigan
County Emmet
Government
 - Mayor Theodore Pall, M.D.
Area
 - Total 5.2 sq mi (13.5 km2)
 - Land 5.0 sq mi (13.0 km2)
 - Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation 666 ft (202 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 6,080
 Density 1,211.1/sq mi (467.6/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49770
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-63820[1]
GNIS feature ID 0634731[2]
Website http://www.ci.petoskey.mi.us/

Petoskey is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is also known as "P-town" or "the P." As of the 2000 census, the city population was 6,080. It is the county seat of Emmet County.[3]

Petoskey and the surrounding area are notable for being the setting of several of the Nick Adams stories by Ernest Hemingway, who spent his childhood summers on nearby Walloon Lake, as well as being the place where for Calliope, the protagonist of Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex, events take a severe and lasting turn.

Petoskey is also famous for a high concentration of Petoskey stones, the state stone of Michigan. Petoskey is the birthplace of information theorist Claude Shannon and Civil War historian Bruce Catton and is the boyhood home of singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens.

The name "Petoskey" is said to mean "where the light shines through the clouds" in the language of the Odawa Indians (Little Traverse Bay Band), who are the original inhabitants. The Petoskey stone and the city were named after Chief Ignatius Petosega (1787-1885), who founded the community. Petosega's father was a French Canadian fur trader and his mother was an Odawa (Ottawa) Indian.[4]

This city was the northern terminus of the Chicago and West Michigan Railway.

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Geography

The Bear River flows through Petoskey; the Mitchell Street Bridge is in the background.

Part of Northern Michigan, Petoskey is on the southeast shore of the Little Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Bear River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13.5 km²), of which, 5.0 square miles (13.0 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (4.02%) is water. The Petoskey area also is rather hilly, it even has a small waterfall in the city. In all, it is a beautiful city.

Demographics

City Hall

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,080 people, 2,700 households, and 1,447 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,210.9 per square mile (467.6/km²). There were 3,342 housing units at an average density of 665.6/sq mi (257.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.18% White, 0.33% African American, 3.17% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.17% of the population.

There were 2,700 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.8% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.4% were non-families. 39.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 85.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,657, and the median income for a family was $48,168. Males had a median income of $35,875 versus $25,114 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,259. About 6.6% of families and 12.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

The Little Traverse History Museum is housed in the former Chicago and West Michigan Railroad depot.
Petoskey Marina
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Airports

Rail

  • Freight rail service to Petoskey is limited and provided by the Tuscola and Saginaw Bay Railway (TSBY); however, the tracks are owned by the state of Michigan in order to preserve rail service in northern Michigan. Freight traffic includes plastic pellets delivered to a rail/truck transload facility for Petoskey Plastics. Occasional passenger excursion trains to Petoskey are operated by Lake Central Rail Tours. Historically, the Northern Arrow and other rail lines provided passenger traffic to Petoskey and Bay View, Michigan from as far as Chicago and St. Louis, but these were discontinued in the late 20th century.

Marina

Major highways

US 31.svg
US-31 is a major highway running through the heart of the city. It continues southerly toward Charlevoix, Traverse City and Muskegon and northerly to a terminus near Mackinaw City.
US 131.svg
US-131 has its northern terminus in the city and continues southerly toward Cadillac and Grand Rapids.
M-119.svg
M-119, accessible off US 31 east of the city and Bay View, continues around the north side of Little Traverse Bay and then to Cross Village.
Michigan C-58 Emmet County.svg
C-58 begins at C-81 just east of the city and continues to Wolverine.
Michigan C-81 Emmet County.svg
C-81 is a north-south route passing just to the east of the city.

Colleges

Media

Mineral Well Park is one of many sites and buildings in Petoskey listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Sidewalk in downtown Petoskey
Newspaper
  • Petoskey News-Review
Magazines
  • Traverse, is published monthly with a focus on regional interests.
Local AM radio
Local FM radio

Camping

Little Traverse Bay at sunset, viewed from Petoskey

Petoskey State Park is located on the Little Traverse Bay between Petoskey & Harbor Springs


Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga is located south of Petoskey on Pickerel Lake

Wilderness State Park is located north of Petoskey in Cross Village

Camp Daggett is located nearby on Walloon Lake.

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ Vogel, Virgil J. (1986). Indian Names in Michigan, pp. 45-46. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 0472063650.
  5. ^ Pellston Regional Airport

Further reading

External links


Coordinates: 45°22′24″N 84°57′19″W / 45.37333°N 84.95528°W / 45.37333; -84.95528


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