the great spider lake boat races

The first outboard motor for built for use in boats was a small, eleven pound unit designed by Gustave Trouvé in 1870. Bolstered by the tailwinds of the industrial era, the Caille Motor Company of Detroit began to mass produce these motors in 1914, where they slowly made their way Up North by the 1920′s.

The roaring twenties. That indefatigable decade which saw such technological, cultural, and economic change. Even in the largely rural swath of northern Michigan. People had more free time and money to devote to pleasure.

And thus was born the Great Spider Lake Boat Races of the 1920′s…



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