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     Petoskey was settled in 1852 and known as Bear River and then Porter's Village.  It was renamed Petoskey with the coming of the railroad on December 5, 1873.  It was incorporated as a village in 1879 and as a city in 1896.

     Railroads came to Petoskey in May, 1874 when the Grand Rapids & Indiana built into town from the south.  By early 1882, the railroad had been extended north to Bay View, and the Little Traverse and Mackinaw Rail Road was built from Bay View to Harbor Springs.  Both lines later became the Grand Rapids & Indiana and that route was extended to Mackinaw City in 1882:  The Chicago & North Michigan (later Chicago & West Michigan, then the Pere Marquette) arrived in town from Charlevoix and points south in 1892.