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First Steam Railroad in Upper Peninsula

 
 
First Steam Railroad in Upper Peninsula Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 6, 2022
1. First Steam Railroad in Upper Peninsula Marker
Inscription.  
On this site in 1852, the Green Bay and Lake Superior Rail-Road began the survey which led to the construction of the first steam railroad in the Upper Peninsula. The railroad ran from Marquette to the Jackson and Cleveland iron mines fourteen miles away. In 1855 the building of the railroad along the previously surveyed route was begun by the Iron Mountain Railroad Company. By 1857 it was hauling ore from the mines to Marquette. It later became part of the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railroad, which has operated since 1961 as the Soo Line. This railroad, and others like it, carried millions of tons of ore, the basic raw material for the rapidly developing steel industry in the United States.
 
Erected 1977 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number S477.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1852.
 
Location. 46° 32.604′ N, 87° 
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23.454′ W. Marker is in Marquette, Michigan, in Marquette County. Marker is on North Lakeshore Boulevard just north of East Washington Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located alongside the city multi-use recreational path in Mattson Lower Harbor Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marquette MI 49855, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Marquette Fire Department (within shouting distance of this marker); Marquette's Fire Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Lower Harbor Ore Dock (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); World War II "Silent Service" Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Janzen House (approx. ¼ mile away); Jacques Marquette (approx. ¼ mile away); Marquette County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bishop Baraga House (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marquette.
 
More about this marker. Both sides of this marker have the same inscription.
 
Also see . . .  A Timeline History of The Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Railroad.
1844 • Iron ore discovered near Negaunee in the Marquette Range is deemed feasible to mine, but it had to be moved to Marquette (12 miles away) tor shipment across the Great Lakes.

1855 • The Iron Mountain Railroad is incorporated with the goal

First Steam Railroad in Upper Peninsula Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 6, 2022
2. First Steam Railroad in Upper Peninsula Marker
(looking west • North Lakeshore Boulevard in background)
of connecting Negaunee with Marquette by steam-powered trains.

1857 • The Iron Mountain Railroad and The Iron Mountain Railway are consolidated and construction is completed from Marquette to Negaunee. The Upper Peninsula has its first steam railroad, with the ability to move over 1,000 tons of ore a day

(Submitted on September 13, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
First Steam Railroad in Upper Peninsula Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 6, 2022
3. First Steam Railroad in Upper Peninsula Marker
(looking east • Lower Harbor in background)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 12, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3. submitted on September 13, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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