Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Algoma in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Christmas Tree Ship Point

 
 
Christmas Tree Ship Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, December 14, 2010
1. Christmas Tree Ship Point Marker
Rouse Simmons
Inscription. 52 Schooners transporting Christmas trees to Milwaukee and Chicago passed this point in the 1800's.

Captain Herman Schuenemann of the Christmas Tree Ship, "Rouse Simmons", was born in Algoma.

One of the 52 schooners, "Lady Ellen" is located upriver between the two bridges in its final resting place.
 
Location. 44° 36.458′ N, 87° 25.923′ W. Marker is in Algoma, Wisconsin, in Kewaunee County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Steele Street and Lake Street. Click for map. During winter months the parking lot is not plowed but you can still walk to the marker. Marker is at or near this postal address: End of Steele Street, Algoma WI 54201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Schooner Daniel Lyons (here, next to this marker); Officer Ronald L. Leist (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); American Legion Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Church of St. Agnes-by-the-Lake (approx. 0.3 miles away); Door-Kewaunee County College / Henry Diefenbach Sculptures (approx. 0.4 miles away); Brickyards (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Lumber Industry in Algoma (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bruemmerville (approx. 1.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Algoma.
 
Regarding Christmas Tree Ship Point.

Anchor and Light House near marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, December 14, 2010
2. Anchor and Light House near marker
Great Lakes ships carried nearly every commodity, and Christmas trees were no exception. Each year, several sailing ships ended their season by loading evergreens in northern Wisconsin or Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and setting sail for Chicago, where they offloaded their trees to end their shipping season. One of these ships was the Rouse Simmons. Following a raging storm that swept Lake Michigan, the Rouse Simmons and her crew were never seen again. Lost with all hands somewhere on the lake, the location of the Rouse Simmons' wreck would remain a mystery until 59 years later.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Christmas Tree Ship Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, December 14, 2010
3. Christmas Tree Ship Point Marker
Light House near marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, December 14, 2010
4. Light House near marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. This page has been viewed 656 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Paid Advertisement