What a way to celebrate Labor Day 2007!
On the Fiftieth (50th) anniversary of the opening of the Mackinaw Bridge, connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan, yesterday my family and I made the walk from St. Ignace to Mackinaw City.
The crowds were huge! On-line reports indicate that there were over 57,000 people who made the walk. The locals there told us that a typical figure was 25,000, although they expected more this year because of the 50th anniversary. Those of us who regularly attend UM football games, where the crowds are over 100,000, had no problem with the size of the crowd crossing the bridge. The only real issue was the traffic jam getting away from Mackinaw City following the walk.
The weather was perfect for the walk, sunny skies with temps around 80 degrees. The forecast for today, the Tuesday after Labor Day, had rainy skies and temps in the low 60s. So, the local Chamber of Commerce sure ordered up a good day for the walk!
Here’s a view of some of the crowd approaching the north tower.