David and Laura Lester House

David and Laura Lester House (HMRL4)

Location: Marine City, MI 48039 St Clair County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 42.965', W 82° 29.676'

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This house was likely built in stages between around 1855 and 1885 and reflects the prominence of David and Laura Rice Lester. David Lester (1823-1890), a shipbuilder, a ship owner, and a salt producer, played a key role in Marine City's economic and civic development. As a young man he scouted timberland for shipping magnate Eber Brock Ward. Then, in 1855, Lester built the FORREST, the first vessel constructed at his own Marine City shipyard. Nearly two decades later thousands of people attended launch of the 233-foot steamer V.H. KETCHUM, the largest ship on the Great Lakes at the time. Lester and his brother Philander built 62 ships and helped make Marine City an important shipbuilding center.
HM NumberHMRL4
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker Number2197
Year Placed2008
Placed ByMichigan Historical Commission-Michigan Historical Center
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 12:20am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 377617 N 4730370
Decimal Degrees42.71608333, -82.49460000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 42.965', W 82° 29.676'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 42' 57.90" N, 82° 29' 40.56" W
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Area Code(s)810
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 406 S Main St, Marine City MI 48039, US
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