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Manistee in Manistee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Pere Marquette Line Steamers

Historic Manistee, The Victorian Port City

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., August 24, 2016
1. Pere Marquette Line Steamers Marker
Inscription.

The last firm to service the Manistee passenger and package freight business was the Pere Marquette Line Steamers. The companies engaged in this business required extensive dockside facilities to service their clientele. These facilities lined up along the south side of the river below the Maple Street bridge: First was a feed and grain warehouse, then a warehouse used by the Nessen Transportation Company, east of Pine Street was the warehouse of the Pere Marquette Line Steamers, and just to the west, the warehouse of the Northern Michigan Transportation Company. These facilities offered ample warehouse space for package and other freight, ticket and freight offices, and even waiting rooms.

In 1903 Gus Kitzinger of Manistee organized the Manistee, Ludington and Milwaukee Railroad to purchase from the Pere Marquette Railroad and operate the passenger and package freight steamers PERE MARQUETTE 2, 3, and 4. The majority of their business was the transportation of barreled salt from Manistee. Within a year this prompted the purchase of the company by W.S. Eddy of Saginaw which was reorganized as the Michigan Salt Transportation Company with Kitzinger as general manager. Through these changes and throughout its entire existence the firm used the popular name Pere Marquette Line Steamers.

The firm owned and operated the three

Pere Marquette Line Steamers Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 24, 2016
2. Pere Marquette Line Steamers Marker
Looking west through the Manistee Marina
original vessels and steadily added and replaced vessels as necessary. Additional boats included the PERE MARQUETTE 6, 7, and 8, the VIRGINIA and NEVADA. The NEVADA was particularly noteworthy because it had been built as an ice-breaking package freighter; thus, its acquisition allowed the firm to continue to provide year 'round cross lake service as needed until 1934. In that year the Pere Marquette Line Steamers merged into the Wisconsin & Michigan Transportation Company and departed the scene. This brought to a close seven decades of year 'round passenger and package freight service between Manistee and Milwaukee.

[Image caption reads] Excursion leaving Manistee

For more on the history of Manistee, visit the Museum at 425 River Street.
 
Location. 44° 14.873′ N, 86° 19.556′ W. Marker is in Manistee, Michigan, in Manistee County. Click for map. Marker is along the Manistee River South Riverwalk at the east end of the Manistee Marina. Marker is at or near this postal address: 440 River Street, Manistee MI 49660, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Gardner Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tunnel (within shouting distance of this marker); The Thompson Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lyman Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Haley Block (about 300 feet away); Improving Justice (about 400 feet away); The Maple Street Bridge (about 500 feet away); Historic Manistee (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Manistee.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pere Marquette Line Steamers Photos. (Submitted on September 2, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. VIRGINIA at Great Lakes Vessels Online Index. (Submitted on September 2, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. History of Manistee, Michigan. (Submitted on September 2, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Manistee Riverwalk. (Submitted on September 2, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels

 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on September 2, 2016.
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