We’re taking a trip through the decades in our sweet hometown. These Traverse City historical photos offer a look at how the lakeside town has changed over the past 75 years.
A heartfelt thank you to Amy Barritt at the Traverse Area District Library and the Traverse Area Historical Society for helping us collect these images. Browse even more photos online at localhistory.tadl.org and grandtraverse.pastperfectonline.com.
An aerial view of Park Place Hotel on State Street.
The Shriners Mummers Parade during the 1948 Cherry Festival.
Hamilton’s Christmas storefront.
A colored postcard of Traverse City’s shuffleboard courts.
Cherry Festival queen candidates including Miss Lake Leelanau and Miss Manistee.
A lumber crew rolling logs with cant hooks.
The State Hospital. Photo taken February 20, 1959.
Record-Eagle office with WTCM mobile studio van. Photo by Al Barnes.
The lounge at Mt. Holiday.
Looking east from the 100 block of E. Front Street.
Water skiing at Clinch Park in July 1965. Photo by Al Barnes.
The annual T.C. 250 snowmobile race held in January drew thousands to view 50 of the Midwest’s finest snowmobiles and drivers.
Old Indian Mission
Boating in Traverse City
Park Place Hotel, 1962
The intersection of Front and Cass streets.
Bud Moyer’s studio, the Professional Photographic Center.
The blizzard of 1978.
Students attending class at Northwestern Michigan College.
Michael McGuire on the first public computer at Traverse City Public Library on September 11, 1980.
Inside Cherryland Mall
Park Place staff photo
Mission Point Lighthouse
The State Hospital
The Traverse Area District Library (the library moved to Boardman Lake in 1999).
Horizon Outlet, 1992
The view from Park Place, 1995
Ribbon cutting at Park Place
Hannah Lay Building, 1995
The Early 2000s