Head of St. Joe Navigation

Head of St. Joe Navigation (HM1SNA)

Location: Union City, MI 49094 Branch County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 3.93', W 85° 8.696'

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Union City Heritage Water Trail

In the 1800s, Union City was the head to 170 miles of busy commerce on the St. Joe. Large freight barges poled by 8 men as well as steamers carried grain, pork, whiskey, flour, hides, furs, pig iron and
other goods manufactured along its banks downstream to Lake Michigan and on to Chicago. Return trips were laden with
immigrants, goods for stores and "Niles crackers." In the 1830s, founding fathers focused on Union City becoming a metropolis along a canal proposed to the east through Homer and Jackson connecting the St. Joe all the way to Lake Erie onto the East Coast. Locally $50,000 was appropriated and $10,000 was actually spent on clearing obstructions to improve navigation. However, river commerce gave way to rail, and nothing ever came of the cross-state canal. Union City had nearly lost out as it missed early chances on rail lines built to the north and south before one finally traversed the town.
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Marker Number21
Year Placed2016
Placed ByUnon City Heritage Water Trail
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Date Added Sunday, June 19th, 2016 at 11:42am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 653477 N 4658713
Decimal Degrees42.06550000, -85.14493333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 3.93', W 85° 8.696'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 3' 55.8" N, 85° 8' 41.76" W
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Area Code(s)517
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 401-499 W High St, Union City MI 49094, US
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