Interlochen is a small village in Grand Traverse County; it is approximately 14 miles southwest of Traverse City. Before the arrival of European settlers, members of the Odawa tribe lived between the lakes they called Wahbekaness and Wahbekanetta (now named Duck Lake and Green Lake, respectively). Beginning in the late 19th century, European settlers began logging and fishing industries in the area. As the lumber industry grew, the area became more deforested, until in 1917 the State of Michigan purchased the remaining virgin pines and created Interlochen State Park, the first state park in Michigan. In 1928, the National High School Orchestra Camp was founded at Interlochen and evolved to become famous and internationally reknowned Interlochen Center for the Arts, which includes a summer camp as well as a fine arts boarding high school and public radio station. Interlochen is situated between Green Lake and Duck Lake; two large (approximately 2,000 acres each) all sports lakes. Interlochen State Park is said to have one of two remaining stands of virgin Eastern White Pine in the Lower Peninsula
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