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Port Huron in Saint Clair County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Bridging the Blue Waters

 
 
Bridging the Blue Waters Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 5, 2014
1. Bridging the Blue Waters Marker
Inscription.

People first crossed the St. Clair River using logs, rafts and canoes. Steam-powered ferries began carrying freight and people in the 1840s. The river current pushed tethered swing ferries from shore to shore. Later other ferries were used, and in 1891 rail transport was improved with the opening of the tunnel under the St. Clair River.

In 1938, the Blue Water Bridge made automobile and truck traffic possible across the international border. A second span was built in 1997 to accommodate increasing traffic. The longest span of the Blue Water Bridge is approximately 1.25 miles (2 km) long and the highest point is 233 feet (70 m) above the water.

[Background photo courtesy of]
State Archives of Michigan
 
Erected by Thomas Edison Depot Museum.
 
Location. 42° 59.924′ N, 82° 25.554′ W. Marker is in Port Huron, Michigan, in Saint Clair County. Marker is at the intersection of Thomas Edison Parkway and the Bluewater Bridge to Sarnia (Interstate 69/94), on the right when traveling south on Thomas Edison Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is at the Thomas Edison Depot Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 510 Thomas Edison Parkway, Port Huron MI 48060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Photo on Bridging the Blue Waters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1938
2. Photo on Bridging the Blue Waters Marker
State Archives of Michigan
markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ships on the St. Clair (here, next to this marker); Native Americans (a few steps from this marker); Immigration (a few steps from this marker); Tom Edison at Grand Trunk (a few steps from this marker); All Aboard! (a few steps from this marker); Making Tracks (within shouting distance of this marker); Edison Homesite (within shouting distance of this marker); Underground Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Huron.
 
Also see . . .
1. Thomas Edison Depot Museum, Port Huron MI. (Submitted on August 5, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of the Blue Water Bridge. (Submitted on August 5, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Blue Water Bridge International Crossing Info. (Submitted on August 5, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
Bridging the Blue Waters Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 5, 2014
3. Bridging the Blue Waters Marker
The marker behind the lamp post
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 5, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 5, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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