The Legend of the Petoskey Stone

Sleeping Bear Press  |  2004  |  40 pages

The Legend of the Petoskey Stone focuses on the naming of this unique fossil, found only on the shores of Lake Michigan. From the ancient, warm sea that covered most of the state, through the history of the town named after the beloved Chief Ignatius Petoskey, (Petosegay) comes the story that relays the heartwarming coincidence between the meaning of his name which is "rays of the rising sun" and the unique fossil with chambers that appear as rays of the rising sun.  

Ignatius Petoskey was born to Antoine Carre, a french fur trader who was purportedly of aristocratic origins,  and a mother who was the daughter of an Ottawa Chieftan.  Petosegay grew to become a prominent landowner and a wealthy man, and the namesake of the town Petoskey, Michigan. 

Kathy-jo Wargin acknowledges The Little Traverse Bay Historical Society in Petoskey, Michigan, for their assistance and access to research archives, and for the thoughtful vetting of the text and illustration. 



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