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Peshawbestown

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Peshawbestown is an unincorporated community in Suttons Bay Township of Leelanau in the U.S. state of Michigan. In historical documents, the name is spelled variously as Peshabetown, Peshabatown, Pshawbatown, Preshabestown.The community is on M-22 about 10mi south of Northport, 4mi north of Suttons Bay, and about 20mi north of Traverse City. It is on the east side of the Leelanau Peninsula on the western shore of the Grand Traverse Bay.Peshawbestown today sits on 12.5acre of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians reservation. The primary economic driver of the community is tourism, with the main feature being the Leelanau Sands Casino. Other notable feature include the historic Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church and the annual Peshawbestown Pow-Wow, which takes place each August with native foods, tribal art, and dancing.HistoryIt began as a Catholic mission to the people of the Chippewa and Ottawa around 1850. A February 12, 1911, Detroit Free Press article quoted by Powers describes the village as "two long rows of log cabins, built in 1849." Powers, who calls the place Pshawbatown, indicates, that Father Ignatius Mrak brought Chippewas from Sault Ste. Marie here in 1849; however, the Catholic Encyclopedia indicates that from 1849-1851, Mrak was assisting Father Francis Pierz in Arbre Croche
Peshawbestown is in Leelanau County. Make Peshawbestown central to your United States travel plans using our United States online trip planner .
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