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What's in a Name? - Wequetong #781, Williamsburg, Michigan

 

The Indian word Wequetong means “head of the bay” and designates the location where Traverse City, Michigan was built.  Squaw Point is a little point of land where the Boardman River, so important to the lumbering industry of the region, enters West Grand Traverse Bay.  The Ottawa and Chippewa Indians pulled their canoes up to the bank at Squaw Point, camped, and gathered huckleberries inland.  At the turn of the century a fashionable social club was built on this site; it was called We-Que-Tong Club House.  Activities included boating, bathing, skeet, tennis, billiards, bowling, and dancing.