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Learn About Boyne’s History

It all started on November 14, 1856, when John and Harriet Miller settled in Northern Michigan and this area was later named Boyne City. The community’s historical roots run deep, and the appreciation for its colorful past is treasured and celebrated. To learn more about the history of Boyne City, we recommend visiting the Boyne Heritage Center, walking downtown and reading our historical markers, or listening to the local library’s history podcasts.

Boyne City Historic District

Local Resources

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Historic Walking Tours

Historic Walking Tours

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Boyne Heritage Museum

Boyne Heritage

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Boyne History Podcast

Boyne Library

Boyne City Main Street Stories

What is Boyne City Historic District?

The Boyne City Central Historic District contains 75 buildings and one site (Sunset Park) that distill economic and social trends and architectural styles in northern Michigan during the early 1900s. The small city feel of the district is emphasized by the consistency of scale and setback realized by the buildings comprising the primary commercial corridors, Water Street and Lake Street, and adjacent blocks. The historic district presents a streetscape characteristic of small northern Michigan cities during the period of rapid industrial and economic growth at the turn of the twentieth century. It anchors the city and includes all of the historic central business district as well as an adjacent residential neighborhood that was home to many of the community’s industrial and commercial elite. The historic district represents a cross-section of the commercial and residential styles popular at the time in northwest Michigan and across the nation.