Grand Traverse Bay
French traders named this bay when they made "the long crossing" - le grande traverse - across its mouth. Chippewa and Ottawa tribes dwelt in this region. Peter Dougherty's mission, established in 1839 at Old Mission, paved the way for white settlers. Founded in 1847, Traverse City was for years an important center for lumbering. Subsequently, it has become famous as the nation's cherry capital.