South Haven in Van Buren County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
South Haven emerged as a commercial shipping center in the 1850s. By the late nineteenth century, lumber, fruit, and other manufactured goods were transported between South Haven, Chicago, and other cities on steam vessels. Commercial shipping peaked in South Haven during the 1930s. In 1932 alone, 56 ships delivered 64,000 net tons of clay and wood pulp to South Haven. During the 1960s, commercial shipping largely ended in South Haven as goods were increasingly shipped via highways.
Erected by South Haven Municipal Marina & Michigan Maritime Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 42° 24.184′ N, 86° 16.628′ W. Marker is in South Haven, Michigan, in Van Buren County. Marker is on Water Street 0.1 miles west of Kalamazoo Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, overlooking the South Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: South Haven MI 49090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Downtown's Rich History (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Entertainment Around the Harbor (about 500 feet away); Shipbuilding (about 700 feet away); Algonquin Legends of South Haven (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Lightkeeper's Dwelling (approx. ¼ mile away); Evelyn S (approx. ¼ mile away); Commercial Fishing (approx. ¼ mile away); Corporal Duane E. Dewey (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Haven.
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted horizontally on waist-high posts. Marker is part of South Haven's Harbor Walk series.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. South Haven Harbor Walk
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1. Boating and Shipping. Initially, there maritime industry suffered because of a sand bar that prevented ships from going into the river dock. Once it was removed and docks were added in 1864, ship building and boating began to progress. With the advent of steamboats, shipping lines started to emerge around the 1890s, the most notable of which were the Graham-Morton line, South Haven and Chicago Transportation Company, and the Goodrich Transit Company. These lines, coupled with the prosperous fruit industry, made South Haven an important port of the Great Lakes during the turn (Submitted on June 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. South Haven Harbor Walk. This South Haven Harbor Walk map shows the location of this and other historical markers in South Haven. (Submitted on June 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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