"Marquette, Michigan, One of My Favorite Towns" Top 5 Page for this destination Marquette by KimberlyAnn
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In 1845 iron was discovered in the Marquette Range, which led to the settlement of the town in 1849. Marquette was named for Father Jacques Marquette, a Jesuit French missionary and explorer who opened the area for pioneers in 1660. Marquette also became the first Lake Superior Port to ship iron ore. Today the town with its population of around 22,000 people has a variety of industries including lumbering, machinery, meat processing, as well as being a valuable shipping port. Located on Lake Superior, and surrounded by the Laurentian Uplands this town is considered the governmental, medical, and shopping center of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. With miles of Lake Superior frontage, Marquette is also popular in the summer for lake and beach activities.
The photo at the top of this page was taken along West Washington Street in Marquette.
Marquette has done a wonderful job of renovating and preserving its historical buildings. The 1891 Savings Bank’s clock tower is a landmark in the heart of downtown Marquette that can be see for blocks. This Photo shows the tower as reflected in the windows across the street from the Savings building. For two more views of this historic five story building, see my travelogue, Some of My Favorite Historic Buildings.
Another historic, and beautiful building, is the St. Peter’s Cathedral. In this photo you see a close up of its two twin steeples. For additional photos of St. Peter’s, as well as the wonderful, not to be missed courthouse, see Some of My Favorite Historic Buildings travelogue.
- In a nutshell:A town of friendly people, historic buildings, beautiful beaches, and good food.
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