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Bus tours fun way to learn history

The rain might have passed by the Marquette area for the near future, but temperatures still aren’t in the 70s, even though it’s mid-July. However, if you still want to get out and about in the city, there are plenty of unique and fun options.

The Marquette Regional History Center’s popular bus tours take visitors – and residents who might not know every interesting historical tidbit about the city – through the “Queen City of the North.”

The 90-minute tours leave from the history center, located at 145 W. Spring St., in air-conditioned Checker buses. Patrons travel through city streets and, figuratively speaking, multiple decades while learning about famous and not-so-famous Marquette people.

Using your imagination, it could be easy to get caught up in today’s city sights, yet reflect on Marquette’s early days and how life was way back when at the same spots. What were the fashions? What were they buying on their shopping trips?

New stops this year include Park Cemetery, the Adams house at Ridge and High streets, Dandelion Cottage on Arch Street, the Lower Harbor and Marquette General Hospital. Volunteers in period garb will speak in the first person at the stops.

One tour is coming up at 6 p.m. Thursday. It’s recommended you buy advance tickets (available at www.marquettehistory.org or by calling 226-3571), and that you arrive 10 minutes early to claim your bus seat. Tickets are $15 each, with limited seating available.

Other July tours are scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday and 6 p.m. July 23 and 30. In August, they are scheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 4 and 13 and 6 p.m. Aug. 6.

You could walk or drive Marquette’s street yourself, or you could take a chauffeured, comfortable trip run by people knowledgeable about city history. It’s your choice, but it should be an easy one.