St. Ignace in Mackinac County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
State Ferry Service
This dock and the auto ferries which landed here were once the Upper Peninsula's "highway" to lower Michigan.
In the early 1900's, the few cars which reached the Straits crossed on railroad ferries, at a cost of $40 each! Better roads brought a surge of traffic and in 1923 the Michigan State Ferry service was established to transport autos between here and Mackinaw City at the reasonable cost of $2.50.
During the first year 10,351 vehicles made the crossing, weather permitting, in 1 hour. In 1936 winter service began. By 1950, over 600,000 vehicles rolled onto this dock each year. Summer weekends, holidays and the deer-hunting season brought line-ups of several miles and a wait of 6 to 12 hours.
In 1952 the State Ferries began landing at a new dock to the south. The Mackinac Bridge replaced the Ferry Service in 1957, after its 8 ships had safely carried more than 12 million vehicles.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & Vehicles • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 45° 52.088′ N, 84° 43.382′ 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. St. Ignace (within shouting distance of this marker); Michigan State Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); Diving into History (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); People and the Great Lakes (about 300 feet away); Mooring Facilities (about 500 feet away); William H. Barnum (about 500 feet away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mackinaw Boat (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Ignace.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 18, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.