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Entertainment Around the Harbor

 
 
Entertainment Around the Harbor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 24, 2017
1. Entertainment Around the Harbor Marker
Inscription.
As the City of South Haven's population grew, and with the arrival of steamship and train passengers, a greater need for entertainment became realized. The popular pastime of the day was "bathing" - referred to as "swimming" today - in Lake Michigan. Many activities centered around the water such as fishing from the pier, sun bathing on the beaches, sliding down big slides into the lake, and taking excursions on the river launches.
Sponsored by Don & Carol Hodgman

 
Erected by Don & Carol Hodgman and Michigan Maritime Museum.
 
Location. 42° 24.228′ N, 86° 16.726′ W. Marker is in South Haven, Michigan, in Van Buren County. Marker is on Black River Street 0.3 miles south of Dyckman Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Harbor Walk, on the north side of Black River, beside the sidewalk, overlooking the South Haven Municipal Marina. Marker is at or near this postal address: 150 Black River St, South Haven MI 49090, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shipbuilding (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commercial Shipping (about 500 feet away); Downtown's Rich History
Marker detail: Roller Skating Rink – 1910 image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Roller Skating Rink – 1910
The roller skating rink was located at the foot of Broadway on the east side.
(about 800 feet away); Algonquin Legends of South Haven (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Lightkeeper's Dwelling (approx. 0.2 miles away); Resort Industry (approx. ¼ mile away); Over a Century of Tourism (approx. ¼ mile away); History of the Channel Piers (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Haven.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted horizontally on waist-high posts. Marker is part of South Haven's Harbor Walk series.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. South Haven Harbor Walk
 
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1. Stereopticon. Americans William and Frederick Langenheim introduced stereopticon slide technology—slide shows of projected images on glass—in 1850. For a usual fee of ten cents, people could view realistic images of nature, history, and science themes. The two lenses are used to dissolve between images when projected. At first, the shows used random images, but over time, lanternists began to place the slides
Marker detail: Ad for opening night image. Click for full size.
1908
3. Marker detail: Ad for opening night
in logical order, creating a narrative. This "visual storytelling" with technology directly preceded the development of the first moving pictures. (Submitted on June 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Advantages of South Haven, as well given in an address of J. E. Bidwell, (Feb 1873). "South Haven is also the terminus of the Kalamazoo and South Haven Railroad, connecting a few miles out at Grand Junction, with the Michigan Lake Shore Railroad, and at Kalamazoo, forty miles distant, with the Michigan Central and other important lines of railway, pointing in every direction. South Haven is also connected by steamer and vessel with Chicago, sixty-eight miles distant, southwest, and Milwaukee, ninety miles across the lake, northwest, connecting with steamers for Detroit, Cleveland, and Buffalo eastward." (Submitted on June 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. South Haven Harbor Walk. This South Haven Harbor Walk map shows the location of this and other historical markers in South Haven. (Submitted on June 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. EntertainmentIndustry & CommerceParks & Recreational Areas
 
Marker detail: Leighton Opera House – 1890s image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Leighton Opera House – 1890s
L.A. Leighton built the Opera House in 1879 and sold it to Vassar Selkirk in 1882. It was the scene of entertainment such as vaudeville, plays and light opera from Chicago. The building burned in 1935. Seating capacity was nearly 500 people.
Marker detail: Roller Coaster image. Click for full size.
5. Marker detail: Roller Coaster
Looking up river from the old water tower in 1913. The figure eight roller coaster and Chautauqua tent are seen at the left in the photo. The Chautauqua tent became highly popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The tent brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and specialists of the times.
Marker detail: Stereopticon Viewing image. Click for full size.
July 24, 2017
6. Marker detail: Stereopticon Viewing
The east wall of the First State Bank served as one of the viewing locations of the free open-air evening entertainment given by the Stereopticon View Advertising Company in July 1900. A stereopticon is a slide projector or "magic lantern", which has two lenses, usually one above the other, dating back to the mid-19th century. They were a popular form of entertainment and education before the advent of moving pictures.
Entertainment Around the Harbor Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 24, 2017
7. Entertainment Around the Harbor Marker (wide view)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   3. submitted on July 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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