St. Joseph in Berrien County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
In 1960, twenty-six local fish tugs were hauling in over 10,000 pounds of fish daily. Just 10 years later, the combined challenges of predatory sea lampreys, depleted fish populations, and increasing government regulations left only three tugs fishing from St. Joseph.
Reduced profits and Michigan's promotion of sport fishing contributed to commercial fishing's further decline. By 1971, this once-vital maritime industry had ceased at St. Joseph.
(Upper Right Photo Caption)
For more than 150 years, fishery buildings, boats, and net drying reels (far left) were common sights on St. Joseph's waterfront, shown here in 1896.
Photo: The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center
(Upper Left Photo Caption)
Two brothers from the Habel Fishery stand with their sturgeon catch in 1898. Commercial fishing operations at St. Joseph were often family-owned, multi-generational businesses.
Photo: The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center.
(Lower Photo Caption)
Steel, gas-powered tugs extended the
Photo (circa 1960): The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center
Erected by City of St. Joseph, The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, and the Public History Program at Western Michigan University.
Location. 42° 6.706′ N, 86° 28.914′ W. Marker is in St. Joseph, Michigan, in Berrien County. Marker is on Water Street west of State Street, on the right when traveling west. 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. St. Joseph River Swing Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Creating a Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Joseph's Firemen (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Lighthouse Supply Depot (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Miami (about 400 feet away); Commercial Shipping (about 400 feet away); Recreational Boating (about 400 feet away); Shipbuilding in the Twin Cities (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Joseph.
More about this marker. The marker is the twelfth of 12 interpretive signs along the St. Joseph Maritime Heritage Trail.
Related markers. 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 430 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 30, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.