Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Travel Talk in the Land of Delight

Check out this documentary from 1949, called Roaming through Michigan. The 8 minute film was paart of a James FitzPatrick's "Travel Talks" series. It includes footage of Sleeping Bear Dunes, Mackinac Island, Traverse City, Leelanau and as well as other places.
The film is full of fun Michigan history, here's some of my favorites:
• Native Americans named the northern Michigan region Leelanau, meaning Land of Delight

• The 5 mile stretch of dunes on Lake Michigan were the World's largest moving sand dunes
• Glen Lake was considered one of the 4 most beautiful lakes in the World because of the constantly changing colors

James FitzPatrick was an American director specializing in travel films from the 1920s through '50s. These short documentaries were often shown on Turner Classic Movies channel prior to the broadcast of movies. His Travel talks series is notable for preserving city and landscapes before they were swallowed up by chains and skyscrapers.

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