Images of Bay View, Petoskey, Michigan


For thirty-six years Bay View has been the home of the Methodist Camp Ground Association and this fact founded it and is the striking feature of its history.

Sometime in September, 1875, the citizens of Petoskey first learned that the Methodists of Michigan were desirous of selecting a site somewhere in the state for the purpose of holding annual camp meetings and establishing a summer resort.

Soon after a committee consisting of ten leading members of the Methodist Episcopal Church from different parts of the state was appointed to select a suitable site for this purpose, and in November of that year decided on locating at Bay View, at that time a dense forest.

BAY VIEW MICHIGAN BOOKSTORE AND SECRETARY'S OFFICE 1900s
BAY VIEW MICHIGAN BOOKSTORE AND SECRETARY'S OFFICE 1900s

The land was then owned by a number of individuals, but Petoskey people, well knowing what an advantage it would be to them to have a permanent state camp ground at that locality at once took hold of the matter, and by liberal donations on the part of citizens enough money was raised by subscription to purchase the three hundred and thirty acres of land, the price paid being nearly $3,000.

Bay View Michigan Fishing on the Dock
Bay View Michigan Fishing on the Dock

The Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad Company agreed to furnish money to buy this land, providing payment for so doing would be guaranteed, which was done by a few leading citizens and as fast as the money was collected it was paid over to the company.


W. G. Hinman, of the land department of the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad Company selected the site chosen, and to this gentleman, H. O. & Abner S. Lee, Archie McMillan and a number of other leading citizens, is due much credit for the part they performed in establishing this institution.

The railroad company also did much toward furthering the project.

BAY VIEW MI BAY VIEW HOUSE HOTEL EARLY 1906
BAY VIEW MI BAY VIEW HOUSE HOTEL EARLY 1906

It was first deeded to J. M. Matheney and by him to the Michigan State Camp Ground Association of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

By the condition of this deed the association agreed to hold an annual camp meeting on these grounds for fifteen successive years, and during that time to expend in erecting cottages, laying out streets, parks, grading and in other ways improving the grounds, not less than $10.000.

These conditions, as is well known, were far more than met by the association.

The Hilton House In The Woods Bay View 1938 Aug Petoskey MI

The Hilton House In The Woods Bay View 1938 Aug Petoskey MI

In 1876 the Grand Rapids & Indiana railroad was extended to the camp grounds, where the first meetings commenced on August 1st.

The dedicatory sermon was preached by Rev. E. H. Pilcher, president of the association.

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Bay View is now one of the most prosperous resorts around the bay.

Nearly seven hundred cottages, two large hotels and numerous rooming houses standing upon the beautiful grounds of the Methodist Camp Ground Association.

Terrace Inn, Bay View, Michigan
Terrace Inn, Bay View, Michigan

Its affairs are managed by the Bay View Association and are in no way subject to the city government of Petoskey.


The resort has provided not only everything necessary for mental and religious exercises but for general relaxation and recreation, including boating and fishing and a swimming pool and bowling alley.

Nothing has been neglected to make the name Bay View fragrant with pleasant and invigorating influences.

The Bay View Inn 1955 Bay View Petoskey, Michigan

The Bay View Inn 1955 Bay View Petoskey, Michigan

Bay View Michigan Library 1947 Pestoskey, Michigan

Drinking Fountain Bay View Michigan

Drinking Fountain Bay View, Michigan

Fairview Avenue View, Bayview Michigan

Fairview Avenue View, Bayview, Michigan

The Bay View House, Bay View Michigan 1923

The Bay View House, Bay View, Michigan 1923

The Bells Bay View Michigan The date of 1886 is inscribed on these bells which have been rung each year for every program of the Bay

The Bells Bay View Michigan.

The date of 1886 is inscribed on these bells which have been rung each year for every program of the Bay View Association Members.

View of Park Avenue Bay View Michigan

View of Park Avenue Bay View Michigan

1913 BAY VIEW Michigan GR and I Railroad DEPOT Station

1913 BAY VIEW Michigan GR and I Railroad DEPOT Station

Birch Trees Bay View Michigan 1905

Birch Trees Bay View Michigan 1905

Bay View Michigan Post Office 1928
Bay View Michigan Post Office 1928

Interurban Bay View Michigan

Interurban Bay View Michigan

Bay View Michigan A Beach Scene PM 1907

Bay View Michigan A Beach Scene PM 1907

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John M. Hall Auditorium in Bay View Michigan

John M. Hall Auditorium in Bay View Michigan

Country Club Bay View Petoskey Michigan

Country Club Bay View Petoskey Michigan

Golf Course Petoskey and Bay View Country Club

Golf Course Petoskey and Bay View Country Club