Polar Express crossing Chippewa river bed

The Forks on the Tridge. The Chippewa tribe settled the river thousands of years ago. There are mastodon hunting pits in the surrounding area about ten miles upriver with chiseled bones and tools on display at Chippewa nature center three miles from here. The Forks was a native trading center for thousands of years and the last ancient Chippewa hunting grounds were situated from the mouth of the river, which I am standing above, to about miles inland on the river. This was recognized by the U.S. government until 1835. At that point, the dwindling tribe was transferred 20 miles upriver to Chippewa reservation which still exists today. It's now home to the fifth largest casino on reservation land and adjacent to the city Mt. Pleasant, home of Central Michigan University. Lumber fever had come to Michigan and a way of life forever changed. #myphoto #photo #photography #nature #outdoors

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