SL Heritage Festival is underway

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:45 PM

Tuesday was all about tracks to the past at the Spring Lake Heritage Festival.

Dinosaur tracks took center stage at Spring Lake District Library for Winsor McCay Day. McCay, a famed cartoonist who grew up in Spring Lake, created "Gertie the Dinosaur."

Local cartoonist Kevin Collier led drawing workshops for youngsters at the library on Tuesday.

Lakeside Trail was the site of dog tracks Tuesday evening. More than two-dozen canines and their owners trekked from Central Park to Old Boys Brewhouse during the annual dog walk.

Footprints left by humans took center stage Tuesday night during the hour-long Village History Walk, which featured the commercial legacies of downtown businesses.

Cate Reed of the Tri-Cities Historical Museum's education services department led a group of 10 through the village's tangled past, which included many business relocations and a tragic fire on March 18, 1889, that took down the town.

“Everything was made out of wood at that time — the desks, the shingles, the sidewalks in front of the buildings," Reed explained. “When one building caught on fire, it would burn down the street, building to building to building.”

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