Escanaba in Delta County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Port - Early Years
Possessed of both a deep channel and protection by the natural break waters of Sand Point, Escanaba has a top rated natural harbor. Since Escanaba's beginning, the timber trade shipped from this harbor, and the Lake Schooners Fleet dominated the colorful bustling harbor scene. The Schooners were used widely for transporting lumber from Michigan saw mills to points along the Great Lakes. From this very spot, was the dock for the I. Stephenson Co., a logging giant based in Wells.
The Union was a schooner owned by Nate Sanders, an Escanaba fisherman. Nate made 2 to 3 trips to Chicago each fall with the fish he and his brother Jack caught. In one such trip, Nate became involved in a daredevil race with a larger ship. He pushed the Union so hard he "sailed her under" and capsized. Luckily, Nate was one of Delta County's more prosperous fishermen.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 45° 44.742′ N, 87° 2.846′ W. Marker is in Escanaba, Michigan, in Delta CountyTouch 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 - Today (here, next to this marker); Little Bay de Noc (a few steps from this marker); Fishing the Bays de Noc (a few steps from this marker); The Peninsula Railroad (a few steps from this marker); The Ore Pellet (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 July 29, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 29, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.