These are pictures from a booklet that my family brought with them when they moved from Muskegon. It was put out in 1908 by the Muskegon Chamber of Commerce. I thought that it should be shared with those researching the area, so I will be posting pictures as I get them scanned along with the associated text. Enjoy!
A booklet on the advantages of spending the summer season or your vacation in and around Muskegon. Its many lakes, rivers and woods being unsurpassed for the enjoyment of bathing, boating, fishing and camping-in cottage or under canvas- details of which are fully contained herein, with maps showing lakes and rivers and transportation lines.
Issued by Chamber of Commerce Muskegon, Mich.
Muskegon is the ideal made real; it is the seemingly impossible come true. It is the vacation place of your dreams.
At Muskegon you go fishing in a street car; you live in a city and breath country air; the wind blows, but there is no dust; the sun is always shining, but it is never hot.
Muskegon is a busy, prosperous city of 25,000 people. It stretches for six miles along the shore of Muskegon Lake and is only four miles from the beach of Lake Michigan. The west and southwest winds, the prevailing hot winds of summer-time elsewhere, are cooled by their seventy-five mile passage over Lake Michigan and bring to Muskegon fresh, cool breezes every day. The street car system extends from Lake Mchigan through the city, and for six miles beyond, to the shores of MONA LAKE, THE BEAUTIFUL. Within a radius of a dozen miles, and all accessible by smooth, good roads, are over twenty smaller lakes, a dozen trout streams, and Muskegon River, the largest and most picturesque river in Michigan.
In Muskegon City there are a half dozen hotels, and a large number of private houses where summer guests are entertained. The accommodations are suited to any purse. There is no place in all Muskegon that the cool breezes do not reach, and shade trees line every street. In the heart of Muskegon is beautiful Hackley Park with its flowers and ornamental shrubs, its statues, monuments, shaded walks and velvet grass. Everywhere throughout the city are asphalt and brick paved streets, bordered by beautiful houses with well-kept lawns; and everywhere is the tree shade, and always the cool breezes.
Pictures from page 3 (To see larger view click on page)-