The Gaylord Story
To tell the Gaylord Story is to to tell
about the renaissance of a small community in northern Michigan.
Gaylord is 60 miles south of the the Mackinac Bridge on I-75. The
expressway, I-75, starts at Sault Ste. Marie, Canada and ends south of
Tampa, Florida. This super-highway is a very important part of of
Gaylord's economic base.
Gaylord is a community that has a
balanced economic base of tourism, recreation, agriculture, oil &
natural gas, manufacturing, warehouse distribution, retail, government
services, and more. Gaylord is the county seat of Otsego County.
Gaylord's most distinguishing
characteristic is the Alpine motif in the the central business
district. The Alpine theme has been adopted throughout the city
and county. The Gaylord Story was created in 1968 Herald Elgas,
president of Gaylord State Bank in conjunction with the Chamber of
Commerce. The purpose of the slide presentation was to show how
Gaylord transformed itself into the Alpine
The following pictures and text are
excerpts from the 1982 version of the Gaylord Story.