Lake Michigan PathwayRacine's Harbor has gone through many transformations since the city's first settlers arrived. In 1836 the Root River entered the lake near the center of today's Gaslight Pointe. While the river channel was as much as 15 feet deep, the entrance itself was only two feet deep, restricted by a sandbar created by lake currents. Most ships anchored well offshore and sent passengers and goods to the beach in small skiffs. In 1843 the citizens of Racine decided to tax themselves to dredge the river and open a new channel through the sandbar. The first ship sailed into the harbor in 1855. By 1875 harbor activity reached its peak, and Racine became the fifth busiest port on the Great Lakes behind Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago.
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|Date Added||Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 12:46am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16T E 436253 N 4730802|
|Decimal Degrees||42.72708333, -87.77865000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 42° 43.625', W 87° 46.719'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||42° 43' 37.50" N, 87° 46' 43.14" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 147 Lake Michigan Pathway, Racine WI 53403, US|
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