Michigan State Ferries (Images of America Series)

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For half a century, the Mackinac Bridge has connected Michigan's peninsulas. Before that, only ferryboats crossed the historic Straits of Mackinac. Huge, ice-crushing railroad ferries first appeared in the 1880s. But by the 1920s, growing automobile ownership, improved roads, and creative tourism promotion brought demands for better, cheaper, and more frequent service. Politicians listened, and in 1923, Michigan became the first state to operate a ferry as part of its highway department. The "Great White Fleet" ...

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Overview

For half a century, the Mackinac Bridge has connected Michigan's peninsulas. Before that, only ferryboats crossed the historic Straits of Mackinac. Huge, ice-crushing railroad ferries first appeared in the 1880s. But by the 1920s, growing automobile ownership, improved roads, and creative tourism promotion brought demands for better, cheaper, and more frequent service. Politicians listened, and in 1923, Michigan became the first state to operate a ferry as part of its highway department. The "Great White Fleet" began with just a tiny used boat and ended with a flotilla including the largest, most powerful ice-breaking ferry in the world. The operation became the biggest employer in the region while battling severe winter weather, partisan politics, and ever-growing lines of summer motorists. Over 34 years, Michigan State ferries united communities, built businesses, and transported millions of eager tourists and travelers across the Great Lakes' "Water Wonderland."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738550688
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 7/11/2007
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 786,805
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

A lifelong ferry fan, Les Bagley has spent over three decades researching the history of Michigan State ferries and has produced previous articles and videos about them. These images have been selected from thousands in his personal collection and also include views from private sources, the Michigan State Archives, the Michigan Department of Transportation, and public universities, libraries, and museums.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    Great Lakes

    There have been a lot of books written on the Great lakes but this is the first one I know of about the ferries. If you want to read about the ferries this book is a MUST HAVE!. We are very blessed to live around the great lakes.

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