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ALMA, Mich. — With the transfer of Fort Michilimackinac (built by the French on the south shore of the Straits of Mackinac in approximately 1715) and parts of Mackinac Island from the federal government to the state of Michigan in 1885, Michigan became one of the first states in the nation to establish a state park.
On May 31, 1895, the Michigan Legislature created the Mackinac Island State Park Commission and, as a result, Mackinac Island State Park was established. Today, more than 80 percent of Mackinac Island is state park property, and is managed by the Mackinac Island State Park Commission.
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