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St. Joseph in Berrien County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Commercial Shipping

 
 
Commercial Shipping Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
1. Commercial Shipping Marker
Inscription. Schooners rigged for sailing and steam-driven freighters were once common sights at St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. Fruit, lumber, and manufactured goods made up much of the port's early trade. By the 1870s, vessels were regularly carrying thousands of summer "day trippers" from Chicago. These visitors came to enjoy the community's beaches, orchards, and amusement parks, giving rise to a thriving tourist industry.

In the early 20th century, goods increasingly moved by rail and truck, and tourists traveled more by automobile. Still, the harbor's terminals and strategic location remain for bulk freighters carrying cargo in local, regional, and even international trade.

(Lower Left Photo Caption)
Early commercial carriers line the Benton Harbor Ship Canal in the 1890s. Private investors expanded the port in the 1860s by digging the canal, making it one of West Michigan's busiest harbors.
Postcard: The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center

(Upper Right Photo Caption)
A commercial freighter prepares to dock at a St. Joseph shipping terminal, circa 1955.
Photo: The Herald-Palladium
 
Erected by City of St. Joseph, The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, and the Public History Program at Western Michigan University.
 
Location.
Recreational Boating and Commercial Shipping Markers image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
2. Recreational Boating and Commercial Shipping Markers
42° 6.716′ N, 86° 28.823′ W. Marker is in St. Joseph, Michigan, in Berrien County. Marker can be reached from Water Street east of State Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Joseph MI 49085, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Recreational Boating (here, next to this marker); Shipbuilding in the Twin Cities (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Lighthouse Supply Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Joseph Maritime Heritage (within shouting distance of this marker); Boatbuilding Industry (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Joseph River Swing Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commercial Fishing (about 400 feet away); Creating a Harbor (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Joseph.
 
More about this marker. The marker is the ninth of 12 interpretive signs along the St. Joseph Maritime Heritage Trail.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These are the markers of the St. Joseph Maritime Heritage Trail. To study the markers in their order along the trail, read each marker in the order shown.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Goodrich Steamship Lines Brochure image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
3. Goodrich Steamship Lines Brochure
Close-up of Image on Marker
Benton Harbor Ship Canal, 1890s image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
4. Benton Harbor Ship Canal, 1890s
Close-up of Image on Marker
Commercial Freighter, circa 1955 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
5. Commercial Freighter, circa 1955
Close-up of Image on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 325 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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