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History Column 256 Kewaunee Where Rail and Water Meet I was sorting through a tub of papers and found a 1927 booklet from Kewaunee Wisconsin that had some interesting pictures in it and thought it was worth sharing in this weeks column. Kewaunee got its start like many villages in our region through the lumbering and trapping followed by the pioneers who established farms. Kewaunee was served by the Kewaunee Green Bay and Western Railroad and the natural harbor made it a shoe in for services by the Pere Marquette Railroad and the Ann Arbor Ferries as well. If you have any stories or photographs that you would like to share with our readers please feel free to contact me at 757-3240, davep@blackcreekpress.com or mail in care of the Ludington Daily news Po Box 340 Ludington Mi. Pic1 Railcars are being loaded on the carferry at the docks in Kewaunee, it appears to be one of the Ann Arbor Line ferries. Note the grain elevator in the distance which looks similar to the one that burned in Ludington. Pic2 A view of the Kewaunee harbor about 1907 during a time when the talk around the docks had more to do with the jib booms and top spars then the type of motoring power a craft might have. At the turn of the century a person might see 2 or 3 dozen barks, brigs, slops and schooners during a day. Pic3 The Steamship Kewaunee was launched on the 31st of May in 1900 and served out of Kewaunee for 22 years before being purchased by the government and refitted as a Lightship and stationed in Lake Erie. Pic4 The Kewaunee Village is pictured here in 1871. The large building in the center of the picture is the Seyk Grist Mill. In the description it is mentioned that at that time there were still stumps in the middle of the streets that had to be navigated. Pic5 Schooners are at the dock in the foreground and in the background you can see two of the break bulk ships at the freight and grain shed docks taking on a load. There are many similarities between the harbor scenes between Ludington and Kewaunee around the turn of the century. Pic6 The building pictured here is the Carlton Store, which was located in the town of Carlton. It was the main meeting place and market for residents of the area. It was established after John Boland purchased the land in 1865. Lake Vessels stopped at Carlton and transported goods from the dock, wood products to begin with and produce from area farmers later.

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