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

Community History and Other Industries

 
 
Community History and Other Industries Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 27, 2014
1. Community History and Other Industries Marker
Inscription.  The forest industry is alive and well here at present but farming is mainly a thing of the past.

When immigrants flocked to the village of Republic, they settled in separate and distinct locales — such as "French Town", "Finn Town" (Park City) and "Swede Town". The population peaked at 2,594 in 1890. Many fraternal organizations were created such as the Hibernians, Knights of the MaCabees, the Scandinavian Society, St. Jean de Baptiste, the Social Circle, the Dancing Club and the Daughters of St. George. Seven churches and at one time fourteen saloons were operating to satisfy the needs of faith and recreation. In January 1888 the organizational meeting of the first Finnish National Temperance Brotherhood Association, a national body, was held here and had connections to the religious community. Socialists were unwelcome by most and were unable to gain a foothold in the community.

Logging of the virgin forest was an important part of Republic's early history, with many logging companies and mills erected. Hundreds of lumberjacks lived in the area temporarily, moving on when their job was done.

Small farms also
Marker detail: Front Street, Republic, 1883<br>Mining Street Parade image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Front Street, Republic, 1883
Mining Street Parade
dotted the outlying area, raising hay, cows and potatoes. Witch Lake, the area 10 miles south of town, was a beehive of much logging activity, seasonal hunting and eventually the site of many summer homes.

Both Republic and Witch Lake were crisscrossed with railroad tracks. The railroads served the mining and logging industries and the needs of the prosperous town. Passenger trains continued through Republic until 1963 and when the mine closed in 1981 shipments by railroad cars soon were a thing of the past.
 
Erected by Republic Area Historical Society and Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Incorporated.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsIndustry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 46° 24.208′ N, 87° 58.911′ W. Marker is in Republic, Michigan, in Marquette County. Marker can be reached from Park City Road 0.2 miles south of River Road (County Road 601), on the right when traveling south. This is one of several interpretive markers at observation site overlooking the former Republic Open Pit Mine. Site access is from a parking area on the west side of Park City Road. 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 of this marker
Community History and Other Industries Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 27, 2014
3. Community History and Other Industries Marker
(third back of four markers on the left)
. The Life of a Miner (here, next to this marker); The Republic Open Pit Mine (here, next to this marker); Reopening the Mine and Moving Republic (here, next to this marker); Early Mine Exploration and Development (here, next to this marker); Welcome to the Republic Open Pit Mine Observation Site (a few steps from this marker); The Republic Iron Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cecil E. Munson Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memory of the Men Who Lost Their Lives (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Republic.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Republic Iron Mine, Republic, Michigan
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3. submitted on August 8, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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