One hundred years ago Michigan was in the midst of a dramatic transformation. While it was once a fur trading destination, the state was now at the forefront of the automotive and lumber industries. Here, you’ll see just some of the signs that Michigan would be on its way to becoming an industrial powerhouse, while it still maintained that sense of natural wonder.

Quite an exciting time, huh? Just looking at these pics has us hungry to see more. Please, if you’ve got some old photos from this era floating around, we’d love it if you shared them.

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