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St. Ignace in Mackinac County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

State Ferries, 1923-1957

 
 
State Ferries, 1923-1957 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2013
1. State Ferries, 1923-1957 Marker
Inscription.  July 31, 1923 marked the beginning of a Straits ferry system, when the converted river boat “Ariel,” landed 20 autos at the St. Ignace center. Annual traffic increased to about one million cars, requiring 470 employees, new docks and a fleet of larger boats – the “Vacationland,” ice-breaker of 150 car capacity being specially built.
Erected by the City of St. Ignace, 1961
Approved by the Michilimackinac Historical Society

 
Erected 1961 by City of St. Ignace and Michilimackinac Historical Society.
 
Location. 45° 51.963′ N, 84° 43.199′ W. Marker is in St. Ignace, Michigan, in Mackinac County. Marker is on North State Street (Business Interstate 75) south of Spring Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in a small grassy plaza on the east side of the highway, overlooking the St. Ignace Marina. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Ignace MI 49781, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Heritage of Fishermen in this Area (within shouting distance of this marker); France at Mackinac
State Ferries, 1923-1957 Marker (<i>wide view; St. Ignace Marina in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 18, 2013
2. State Ferries, 1923-1957 Marker (wide view; St. Ignace Marina in background)
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); William H. Barnum (about 500 feet away); The Chief Dock Kiosk (about 800 feet away); Antique Railroad Bell (about 800 feet away); The Chief Dock (approx. 0.2 miles away); People and the Great Lakes (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mooring Facilities (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Ignace.
 
Also see . . .  Ferries in Michigan. Due to its unique geography, being made of two peninsulas surrounded by the Great Lakes, Michigan has depended on many ferries for connections to transport people, vehicles and trade. Before the Mackinac Bridge was built, large numbers of ferries carried people and cars between the two peninsulas. In 1923, the state of Michigan began an auto ferry service that was the first such system to be state-owned. It continued until the day the Mackinac Bridge opened. The law required the ferry service to cease so that the bridge would not have competition and could pay off its construction bonds faster. (Submitted on February 20, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 51 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 20, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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