MARQUETTE- They came by schooner, in a Model T, and riding on the Duluth South Shore & Atlantic Railroad Line. These were the methods of transportation for three fascinating characters arriving in Marquette.
Young Ellen Harlow was a child when she arrived by schooner to the wilderness of Marquette, before there was an established town.
Two presidents rode in early automobiles during their visits to our fair city - President Taft in his namesake parade in 1911 and Teddy Roosevelt who swung in for a trial in 1913. The train lines brought numerous folks to our bustling town; the DSS&A was the transport for Company M, a unit that was encamped here for training during WWI, the "Forgotten War."
Passengers won’t be riding in a historical bus like this one, but they will get a tour of historic Marquette on an upcoming series of bus tours sponsored by the Marquette Regional History Center. (Photo courtesy of The J.M. Longyear Research Library, Marquette Regional History Center)
People will have a chance to hear the stories of these colorful characters and their time in our "Queen City of the North," Marquette, on a new tour, offered by the Marquette Regional History Center will travel through multiple decades while meeting everyday folks and celebrities that walked the shores and streets of town.
The Historical Bus Tours are a great way to see the town as it is today, while reflecting on the early days of bustling Marquette. There will be eight tours to choose from for summer. Advance ticket purchase recommended.
Tickets available at marquettehistory.org or by calling 906.226.3571.
Tickets for all tours are $15, limited seating available. All tours embark from the History Center.?Riders should arrive 10 minutes early to claim a seat. Travel is in an air conditioned Checker Bus for the duration of the tour: 90 minutes.
Tour dates and times are:
- July 10, 25 at 1 p.m.
- July 17, 24, 31 at 6 p.m.
- Aug. 1, 7 at 1 p.m.
August 14 at 6 p.m.
These tours are offered through a partnership with Checker Transport of Marquette, www.checkertransport. com, and are supported in part by the Marquette County Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
The bus tour route will start on Spring Street at the Marquette Regional History Center. The tour will travel through the historic downtown business district to Lower Harbor and the still standing DSS&A Ore Dock No. 6, up to the Father Marquette Statue. It continues through town to the Historic Ridge District, touching on historic homes, highlighting downtown parks, churches, and notable sites our the way. It will then continue out to Picnic Rocks and Presque Isle, turning around at the operating LS&I Ore Dock and over the Dead River for the return trip to the History Center.
For more information, contact the Marquette Regional History Center at 226-3571.