Petoskey ( pe-TAH-skee) is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was estimated at approximately close to 5,670 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Emmet County, located at the northern end of the Lower Peninsula.The Little Traverse Bay area was long inhabited by indigenous peoples, including the Odawa people. The name “Petoskey” is said to mean “where the light shines through the clouds” in the language of the Odawa. After the 1836 Treaty of Washington, Odawa Chief Ignatius Petosega (1787–1885) took the opportunity to purchase lands near the Bear River. Petosega’s father was Antoine Carre, a French Canadian fur trader and his mother was Odawa.
By the 1850s, several religious groups had established missions near the Little Traverse Bay. A Mormon offshoot had been based at Beaver Island, the Jesuit missionaries had been based at L’arbor Croche and Michilimackinac, with a Catholic presence in Harbor Springs, then known as “Little Traverse”. Andrew Porter, a Presbyterian missionary, arrived at the village of Bear River (as it was then called) in 1852.Amos Fox and Hirem Obed Rose were pioneer entrepreneurs who had made money during both the California Gold Rush and at Northport selling lumber and goods to passing ships. Originally based at Northport, in the 1850s Rose and Fox (or Fox & Rose) expanded their business interests to Charlevoix and Petoskey.
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