Escanaba in Delta County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Port - Today
The growth of Escanaba from a small town into a growing city in such a brief time can be traced directly to the expansion of lake shipping in this port. Over the years, Escanaba harbor has seen times of boom and bust in the fishing, lumber and iron industries. While lumber and fish are no longer shipped from this port, the Chicago & Northwestern railway and iron dock still thriving on the Escanaba harbor. During the 1980's and into the 1990's, the Chicago & Northwestern has shipped 5-6 million tons of iron ore annually.
Looking out into the bay, first you will see the Escanaba coal dock and beyond the Chicago & Northwestern ore dock. The Chicago & Northwestern dock was completed in 1969 after the last of the old wooden pocket docks were removed and a new conveyor type dock was erected. What you see are large piles of ore pellets in a 60 acre dock storage yard. This storage area can store 2 1/2 million tons of iron ore pellets ready for shipment.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1969.
Location. 45° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 Ludington Street, Escanaba MI 49829, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Port - Early Years (here, next to this marker); Fishing the Bays de Noc (a few steps from this marker); Little Bay de Noc (a few steps from this marker); The Ore Pellet (a few steps from this marker); The Peninsula Railroad (a few steps from this marker); Iron Ore Centennial (a few steps from this marker); Before the Settlers (within shouting distance of this marker); Escanaba's Docks (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Escanaba.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 28, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.