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Sault Ste. Marie in Chippewa County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Water Street Businesses in the Late 1800s

 
 
Water Street Businesses in the Late 1800s Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, January 3, 2023
1. Water Street Businesses in the Late 1800s Marker
Inscription.  By the late 1880s, business was booming on Water Street. Railroad lines had come, a water power plant had been constructed at the rapids, and a second lock had been built. Sault Ste. Marie was incorporated as a city in 1887.

After a fire destroyed many Water Street businesses in 1886, more substantial, fireproof structures. were built on Portage Avenue and southward along Ashmun Street. But some businesses still remained on Water Street in 1896. The Prenzlauer family had three buildings there, and in 1888 the showpiece Sault Ste. Marie National Bank was built. None of them survived a huge fire in 1896, and when later lock improvements were announced at the turn of the century, buildings that had survived on the north side of Water Street were taken over by the federal government and demolished.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1887.
 
Location. 46° 30.095′ N, 84° 20.87′ W. Marker is in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, in Chippewa County. Marker is at the intersection of West Water Street and Osborn Boulevard, on
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the right when traveling west on West Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 240 W Portage Ave, Sault Sainte Marie MI 49783, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Sault Ste. Marie (within shouting distance of this marker); Saw Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Making a Grand Entrance (within shouting distance of this marker); Governor Chase S. Osborn Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Marys Falls Canal (about 400 feet away); Early Hotels on Water Street (about 400 feet away); Heavy traffic on Portage Avenue (about 500 feet away); Cornerstone for new technology (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sault Ste. Marie.
 
Water Street Businesses in the Late 1800s Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, January 3, 2023
2. Water Street Businesses in the Late 1800s Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2023. It was originally submitted on January 17, 2023, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 18, 2023, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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