Wexford County Photography


Among the WCHS’s collections are several thousand images of historical significance that have been scanned from photos dating from the early 1870’s to modern times.  These photographs have been sorted into thematic groupings for ease of navigation through this site.

While every reasonable attempt has been made to determine the accuracy of the descriptions of these images, mistakes can occur. If you notice one, please submit feedback here.  This is a continuing process as new images are entered and existing ones are updated.  The images themselves are a product of the equipment used to take them.  Some are out of focus, some are broken or ripped, but every effort has been made to preserve the images for future generations to enjoy.

You may download images from this website for your personal use. If you share them on social media or with friends, please credit the museum. Non-watermarked images are available by request for proper projects, with credit given to the museum.

If you believe this project is worthwhile, please consider a small donation as the museum operates 100% by local donations, we receive NO government funds.  Click here if you wish to help preserve Cadillac's history for the future and we thank you!

Also, we welcome your photos dating from the 1870s to today.  People, buildings, events, structures, etc. etc.  We want to preserve our history, whether old or relatively new.  Someday, someone will be thankful for that picture.  Donations are always welcome, or if you wish to retain your originals, please bring them to the museum where they will be scanned for you within a few days.  Or, if you are technically savvy yourself, feel free to scan them and submit them to us!

The WCHS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, committed to the preservation and presentation of the history and culture of Wexford County. Our funding is dependent on contributions and membership dues, and we greatly appreciate donations for this image sharing service as well as other WCHS programs. If you would like to make a contribution, please send it to WCHS, P.O. Box 124 Cadillac, MI. 49601. You can also download the donation form on the Donate page.

Wexford County Historical Society – Building – Old Public Library, Historical Society, 127 Beech Street (95)

Wexford County Historical Society (Building)

Wexford County Historical Society – Events – Santa Sighting 2018

Wexford County Historical Society (Events)

Cadillac – Aerial View – North Street To Bend In South Mitchell Street (2)

Aerial Photos


Area Agriculture

Cadillac – Art – Sketches By F. H. Lamb (8)

Art Work

Cadillac – Birdseye – Unknown (2)

Birds Eye View/Panoramics

Cadillac – Street – North Boulevard (4)

The Boulevard


Buildings (Multiple Businesses/Social Clubs/Etc.)


Businesses (A - H)

Cadillac – Business – Labar Cornwell Building (3)

Businesses (I - Q)

Cadillac – Business – Snow White Restaurant (1)

Businesses (R - Z and Unknown)

Cadillac – Parade – Free Fair on the corner of Harris and Mitchell 1897 09 15 (8) – Copy




Cadillac – Church – Swedish Mission Church (10)


Cadillac – Recreation – The Canal (3)

The Clam Lake Canal


Factories And Plants

Cadillac – Building – Mercy Hospital (28)

Health Services


Hunting And Fishing

Cadillac – Residence – Delos F. Diggins House (8)


Cadillac – Recreation – Lake Mitchell

The Lakes (Swimming, Boating, etc.)

Manton – Business – Hotel Piper


Maps – Maps – Unknown – Outline Map Of Cadillac


Cadillac – Street – South Mitchell Street, 200 Block, East Side (9)

Mitchell Street - Downtown

Missaukee – Lake City – 1911.04.22 Fire

Neighboring Counties

Cadillac – Objects – Clam Lake Sign (2)

Objects From Cadillac's History

Cadillac – Recreation – City Park (4)


Cadillac – People – Cummer, Jacob

People (A - H)

Cadillac – People – Mitchell, George A Mitchell (1)

People (I - Q)

Cadillac – People – Wolgast, Ad (2)

People (R - Z and Unknown)

Cadillac – People – Drama Group

People (Groups)


Photographers And Their Marks


Public Services

Cadillac – Railroad – Ann Arbor Railroad Depot (9)

Railroads, Locomotives, And Depots

Cadillac – School – Old Cadillac High School – 115 S. Simmons Street (1890 – 1911) (23)

Schools - Buildings

Cadillac – School – ruth andersons first grade

Schools - Groups

Wexford County – School – Haring school

Schools - Outside of Cadillac

Cadillac – School – Van Oostenburg, CHS Teacher 1920s – 1940s

Schools - Personnel


Shay Locomotive History



Cadillac – Street – Harris Street (7)

Street Scenes

Cadillac – Recreation – Lyric Theatre, 202 South Mitchell Street, Southwest Corner of South Mitchell And Cass Street Intersection (1)

Theaters And Opera Houses


Timber Industry - The Camps

Cadillac – Lumber – About To Play Chicken (2)

Timber Industry - In The Woods


Timber Industry - Locomotives


Timber Industry - The Mills And Yards

Cadillac – Business – Cobbs & Mitchell Lumber Office, Southwest corner of West Cass and South Mitchell Street 1 (5)

Timber Industry - Offices And Offshoot Businesses

Cadillac – Transportation – Ladies In Carriage


Cadillac – Veterans – Unknown


Cadillac – Weather – 1922 Ice Storm, Power Lines Weighed Down By Ice (4)

Weather Events

Sherman – Building – Bank

Wexford County (Outside Of Cadillac)

Cadillac – Recreation – Caberfae, 1946

Winter Recreation

Cadillac – People – Unknown (106)

Unknown - Help Us Solve A Mystery!