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South Haven in Van Buren County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Fruit Industry

 
 
Fruit Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 13, 2022
1. Fruit Industry Marker
Inscription.  
Located in Southwest Michigan's fruit belt, South Haven was a center for fruit growing, processing and shipping. Fruit grown in South Haven and surrounding communities from the 1870s to the 1920s was shipped on steamships and railroads to Chicago and other markets. Basket and canning factories served the needs of fruit growers and provided jobs for residents. The South Haven Pomological Society, founded in 1871, and the South Haven Agricultural Experimental Station, opened in 1890, promoted fruit research and marketing. Although the number of fruit farms and orchards in South Haven has declined in recent decades, Southwest Michigan remains one of Michigan's foremost fruit-growing areas.

Sponsored by True Blue Farms
in loving memory of Patrick J. Hartmann & Harold "Buzz" Wright,
pioneers of the blueberry industry
 
Erected by True Blue Farms, City of South Haven, & Michigan Maritime Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureHorticulture & Forestry. A significant historical year for this entry is 1871.
 
Location. 42° 24.337′ 
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N, 86° 16.351′ W. Marker is in South Haven, Michigan, in Van Buren County. Marker is on Wiiliams Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is about 300 feet south of Dyckman Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: South Haven MI 49090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Michigan Central Railroad Yard (within shouting distance of this marker); Conger House, Circa 1856 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wilhelm Baum (about 500 feet away); Dyckman Avenue Bascule Bridge (about 500 feet away); Resort Industry (about 700 feet away); Commercial Fishing (about 700 feet away); Evelyn S (about 800 feet away); Time Capsule (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Haven.
 
More about this marker. Marker is part of South Haven's Harbor Walk series.
 
Marker detail: In the Heart of the Fruit Belt image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: In the Heart of the Fruit Belt
South Haven's lakeshore location makes it ideal for fruit growing. It was also an important port in the fruit trade with Chicago and Milwaukee during the early 1900s.
Marker detail: Fruit Buyers and Growers Gather image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Fruit Buyers and Growers Gather
Buyers from fruit companies bought produce from growers at South Haven's railroad station.
Marker detail: Shipping the Apple Harvest image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Shipping the Apple Harvest
Growers and pickers pose with the barrels and crates, located at Liberty Hyde Bailey's orchard. The barrels and crates were used to ship fruit from South Haven orchards.
Fruit Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 13, 2022
5. Fruit Industry Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 29, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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