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Adeline Simms Grave Site at Range Light Park, 12653 Grand Lake Road, Presque Isle, MI 49777.  Adeline Simms was the wife of the first lighthouse keeper at Old Range Lighthouse. She died and was buried with a Masonic emblem on her tombstone. Legend has it that the local Masons were having a meeting in the rear range light. After she overheard part of their meeting, they made her a Mason to seal her lips. Hence this is the only Masonic seal on a female grave. This site is part of Sweetwater Trail.

Burham's Landing, Michigan Historic Marker, Burnham's Landing Park, Grand Lake Road, Presque Isle, MI 49777, Phone: (989) 595-2411.  Where ships traveling the coastline used to find protection to ride out storms, but destroyed in the 1908 Metz Fire. The landing was named after Frederick Burnham who settled in Michigan in the 1840's and developed a business selling cord wood to the early steamers. He was also the first postmaster. This is part of the Sweetwater Trail.

The Cheboygan Opera House, 403 N. Huron Street, Box 95, Cheboygan, MI 49721, Phone: (231) 627-5432

Iargo Springs Interpretive Site, River Road Scenic Byway, Oscoda Township, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-0728.  Provides a spectacular panoramic view of the AuSable River. Site includes large natural springs and is on the banks of the AuSable River, 2 of the springs have dams. Varied flora includes riparian wildflowers and old growth hardwood. Observation deck, stairway to spring area, boardwalk, some interpretive signs. Highbanks Trailhead.

W.J. Beal Plantation, Industrial Park Road, Grayling, MI 49738, Phone: (989) 348-4945.  Planted in 1888, the plantation may be the oldest documented tree stand in North America. With 40 species of trees, the purpose of the planting was to determine and demonstrate how well various trees and shrubs could be established and grown on dry, sandy soils. Handicapped accessible interpretive hiking trail offers self guided tours. Listed in the Michigan Forest Association's Guidebook of "Michigan's Famous and Historic Trees".

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