St. Joseph in Berrien County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
In the early 20th century, goods increasingly moved by rail and truck, and tourists traveled more by automobile. Still, the harbor's terminals and strategic location remain for bulk freighters carrying cargo in local, regional, and even international trade.
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Early commercial carriers line the Benton Harbor Ship Canal in the 1890s. Private investors expanded the port in the 1860s by digging the canal, making it one of West Michigan's busiest harbors.
Postcard: The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center
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A commercial freighter prepares to dock at a St. Joseph shipping terminal, circa 1955.
Photo: The Herald-Palladium
Erected by City of St. Joseph, The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, and the Public History Program at Western Michigan University.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Joseph MI 49085, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Recreational Boating (here, next to this marker); Shipbuilding in the Twin Cities (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Lighthouse Supply Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Joseph Maritime Heritage (within shouting distance of this marker); Boatbuilding Industry (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Joseph River Swing Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commercial Fishing (about 400 feet away); Creating a Harbor (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Joseph.
More about this marker. The marker is the ninth of 12 interpretive signs along the St. Joseph Maritime Heritage Trail.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These are the markers of the St. Joseph Maritime Heritage Trail. To study the markers in their order along the trail, read each marker in the order shown.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 30, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.