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Do you know the correct pronunciation for Mackinac Bridge? 

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Do you know the correct pronunciation for Mackinac Bridge? 

I have heard the bridge called both "mackinac" and "mackinaw".  While doing research for this blog I finally have the answer!  It is spelled "mackinac" but it is pronounced "mackinaw".  Are you confused?  I sure was.  The French were the first to arrive in this area and their pronunciation of the Native American name Michilimackinac (pronounced mish-il-ə-MAK-in-aô) is what stands today.  So why do you sometimes see it spelled Mackinaw?  When the British gained control they built the town Mackinaw City.  They spelled it the way it sounded. Either way it is spelled it is still pronounced (mish-il-ə-MAK-in-aô).  If you still...

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