Ingallston Township in Menominee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Village of Leathemport
About 1878, John Leathem and Thomas Smith came to this area from Door County, Wisconsin. They cut the towering pines along the west shore of Green Bay and built a saw mill to make lumber and shingles. Over 400 hundred men were employed in the mill and winter logging camps at times, and soon a busy village called Leathemport grew up around these operations.
The village contained a boarding house, small homes for the working men's families, a company-owned store, storage sheds, a large dock, and anchorage in the bay for large ships.
During the sailing season, schooners and barges arrived to take on lumber and shingles for transport to markets around the Great Lakes. The waters of Green Bay were plied by numerous vessels, making the bay the busy highway of the era.
After a decade of logging, the forest was nearly depleted. Leathem and Smith sold their business to William Horn, who ran the mill for a few more years. Horn renamed the area Arthur Bay in memory of his young son Arthur, who had tragically drowned when he fell off the Leathemport Dock. In 1891, Charles L. Bailey purchased Horn's land and established
Erected by Central U.P. Regional Prosperity Initiative, West Shore Fishing Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Parks & Recreational Areas • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1878.
Location. 45° 17.759′ N, 87° 26.25′ W. Marker is in Ingallston Township, Michigan, in Menominee County. Marker is on unnamed park road east of State Highway 35, on the right when traveling north. Marker is at the entrance to a trail at the north end of the West Shore Fishing Museum in Bailey Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stephenson MI 49887, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bailey Fishery (within shouting distance of this marker); Owen Francis Patrick Hammerberg (approx. 11.8 miles away); Eagle Bluff Lighthouse (approx. 13.2 miles away in Wisconsin); Oak Leaf Anchor (approx. 13.2 miles away in Wisconsin); Why Green Bay? (approx. 13.8 miles away in Wisconsin); Privilege in the Park (approx. 14.1 miles away in Wisconsin); Shorelines and Sedge Meadows (approx. 14.7 miles away in Wisconsin); The Thorp Cabin (approx. 14.9 miles away in Wisconsin).
Regarding Village of Leathemport. The grounds
Also see . . . Lucia A. Simpson. Wikipedia article (Submitted on September 6, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 6, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 93 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 6, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.