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Pet-O-Sega | PMF #11

Pure Michigan Facts #11

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The Petoskey. Stone Was Named After Pet-O-Sega

Many know the wonder that is the Petoskey area, as well as the beauty of the stone which is its name sake, but many dont know the origin o "Petoskey". According to Petoskey Area "Pet-O-Sega, which means “Rays of the Rising Sun” in the Ottawa language, was the birth name given in 1787 to the son of a French fur trader and his Indian wife. Pet-O-Sega grew up in an area northwest of present day Harbor Springs, became a respected landowner and businessman and, like his father, was recognized as an Ottawa Indian Chief. In 1873 the settlement on the Bear River was named Petoskey in his honor."

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