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Republic in Marquette County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Republic Iron Company

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, August 27, 2014
1. The Republic Iron Company Marker
Inscription.  The Republic Iron Company was the first successful mining company in Republic and was located on Swede Hill. Anna Mae Gibson was the first girl and Charles W. Munson was the first boy born in Republic to the early settlers in 1872 and 1873, respectively. Charles and Jessie Polkinghorne Munson had two sons, Neal and Cecil. Cecil was born in the family home, on this site and enjoyed the South Shore Train; the tracks of which ran along the front of this site. This memorial is dedicated to the founders of Republic Township. August 23, 1992.
 
Erected 1992.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 46° 24.359′ N, 87° 58.873′ W. Marker is in Republic, Michigan, in Marquette County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Park City Road and Republic Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located in front of the pavilion in Munson Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Republic MI 49879, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
The Republic Iron Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 27, 2014
2. The Republic Iron Company Marker
of this marker. Cecil E. Munson Memorial (here, next to this marker); In Memory of the Men Who Lost Their Lives (a few steps from this marker); Old Kloman Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Republic United Methodist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to the Republic Open Pit Mine Observation Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Life of a Miner (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Mine Exploration and Development (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Republic Open Pit Mine (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Republic.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Republic Mine. The Republic Mine is the reason the town of Republic was created in 1871. Government land surveyors first noted the mineral deposit in 1846 when surveying township lines in the area. Early mining exploration began in 1854 along the Michigamme River. Numerous mines were opened, but only the Republic Mine was a long-term profitable venture. (Submitted on August 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railway (Wikipedia). The Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railway (DSS&A) was an American railroad serving the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the Lake Superior shoreline of Wisconsin. The DSS&A's own "official"
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nickname for itself was "South Shore", referring to the railroad line's route along the south shore of Lake Superior. By the 1870s, a maze of corporate charters and tiny stub lines had been created or built in the central Upper Peninsula, primarily to carry iron or copper ore from the mines down to smelters and docks on the shores of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. (Submitted on August 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 48 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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