It all started on November 14, 1856 when John and Harriet Miller arrived in what would be later named Boyne City. The community’s historic roots run deep and its appreciation for its colorful past is treasured and celebrated. For a trip through the community’s past a visit to the Boyne City Historical Museum is a must. You will get a feel what it was like for the Millers, how industry along the lakeshore took hold, and how the community has transitioned into what it is today.


A significant achievement for downtown Boyne City was its listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The downtown historic district includes the 100 and 200 blocks of Water and Lake streets, parts of Main Street between Lake and Park, the 100 block of South Park, and the local Pearl Street Historic District.   The National Register is the federal government’s official list of properties that are deemed to be worthy of preservation because of their importance in American history and culture. National Register designation provides recognition and, most importantly, allows property owners to take advantage of Federal Historic Tax Credits to maintain and improve their buildings.

Boyne City Historic-District



As a result of the respect for preserving its historic buildings and Victorian-era homes, downtown Boyne City is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic district includes the 100 and 200 blocks of Water and Lake streets, parts of Main Street between Lake and Park, the 100 block of South Park and the Pearl Street Historic District along the Boyne River.

The first phase of our historic walking tour includes the downtown commerce area.  Funded in part by a grant from the Michigan Preservation Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Michigan Historic Preservation Network, the tour includes stops at 52 buildings in downtown Boyne City.   Click here for color brochure.

The second phase,  completed in June 2016, includes residential, churches and parks. Click here for color brochure.

The walking tours are available with a printed brochure, online, or a downloadable app on your iPhone – search Boyne City on iTunes.   Click here for building histories.

Best efforts were made to ensure historical accuracy. We welcome your insights, corrections and additions.  Mainstreet@boynecity.com.



Water Street, South Side1 – The Dilworth Hotel

2 – Bob Mathers Ford

3 – Odd Fellow Hall

4 – Pat O’Brien-

North Country Cycle Sport

5-6 – Smitten Designs-

Northern Eagle Clothiers

7 – Schraw & Associates

8 – Subway

9 – The Birds Nest

10 – Kilwins of Boyne City

Water Street, North Side11 –  I Love Boyne –

52 Weekends

12 – EnVogue

13 – Boyne Trading Co.

14 – Red Mesa

15 – Inspired Living

16 – Huff Pharmacy

17 – Local Flavor-

Wine Emporium & Market

18 – Boyne Country Provisions

19 – Parkside Grill & Treats

20 – Country Now &

Then-Up the Lazy River

21 – Post Office

Lake Street, West Side22 – Chamber of Commerce

23 – Re/Max Resort Properties

24 – Paga Family Dentistry

25 – Boyne City Grill & BBQ

26 – BAC – Catt Development

27 – Boyne Theatre

28 – Northern Table

29 – Lake Street Market

Lake Street, East Side30 – Klevorn & Klevorn

31 – Robert A. Banner

32 – Family Barbershop

33 – A-Beautiful Nail Salon-

& Peninsula Boutique

35 – Lynda’s Real Estate

37 – Fraternal Order of Eagles

Park Street, West Side39 – Railroad Office Building Park Street, East Side41 – Education Center

42 – Boyne Co-op True Value

43 – Ace Hardware

Ray Street, North Side44 – Depot Main Street, South Side47 – Boyne District Library

48 – SweetGrass Framing-

Northwest Mortgage

50 – Progressive Dental & Black Diamond

51 – Empty Building next to Eyes on Main