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Marine City in Saint Clair County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

David and Laura Lester House

 
 
David and Laura Lester House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, March 26, 2011
1. David and Laura Lester House Marker
Inscription. This house was likely built in stages between around 1855 and 1885 and reflects the prominence of David and Laura Rice Lester. David Lester (1823-1890), a shipbuilder, a ship owner, and a salt producer, played a key role in Marine City's economic and civic development. As a young man he scouted timberland for shipping magnate Eber Brock Ward. Then, in 1855, Lester built the FORREST, the first vessel constructed at his own Marine City shipyard. Nearly two decades later thousands of people attended the launch of the 233-foot steamer V. H. KETCHUM, the largest ship on the Great Lakes at the time. Lester and his brother Philander built 62 ships and helped make Marine City an important shipbuilding center.
 
Erected 2008 by Michigan Historical Commission-Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number L2197.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 42.965′ N, 82° 29.676′ W. Marker is in Marine City, Michigan, in Saint Clair County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and East St. Clair Street on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 406 South Main Street, Marine City MI 48039, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
David and Laura Lester House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, March 26, 2011
2. David and Laura Lester House and Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Newport Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); Pêche Island Rear Range Light (approx. 0.2 miles away); Holy Cross Parish (approx. 0.2 miles away); Heritage Square Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); Marine City (approx. 0.3 miles away); East China Fractional School District No. 2 School (approx. 2.6 miles away); St. Clair River Habitat Restoration (approx. 4.2 miles away); a different marker also named St. Clair River Habitat Restoration (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marine City.
 
Also see . . .  Lester House. (Submitted on September 26, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
David and Laura Lester House image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, September 22, 2018
3. David and Laura Lester House
David and Laura Lester House image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, September 22, 2018
4. David and Laura Lester House
View of the house and four-car garage from East St. Clair Street.
David and Laura Lester House Information Sign image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, March 26, 2011
5. David and Laura Lester House Information Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 641 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 27, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on September 26, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.   5. submitted on March 27, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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