The Sand Point Lighthouse, easily one of Escanaba's most recognizable landmarks, will celebrate 150 years next month. Click the image above to view our Sand Point Lighthouse exhibit, including historical information and additional views.
For more information about the upcoming celebration, check out this recent article in the Escanaba Daily Press.
As reported recently in the Daily Press, it looks like the ongoing project to convert the historic House of Ludington into affordable senior housing is still moving forward. While the project has stirred much controversy in the community, we won't get into that here. Instead, let's take a look back at Escanaba's iconic hotel. Click the image below to view our entire House of Ludington exhibit.
Today marks the beginning of a multi-year project by MDOT to completely rebuild the US-2 bridge across the Escanaba River near Pioneer Trail Park. Running from April of 2017 through October of 2018, this construction project will likely be a headache for many commuters. We thought it was also a great opportunity to take a look back at the 'new' bridge.
The current bridge was constructed in 1929, replacing the original auto bridge that spanned the Esky closer to its mouth. It was widened in 1956 and received numerous small repairs over the years, but is now considered 'functionaly obsolete' by MDOT. The new bridge will feature several improvements, including an additional 37 feet in width to accommodate wider shoulders and a pedestrian pathway. Part of the project includes the replacement of a nearby E&LS railroad bridge across US-2.
We plan to write a Then & Now post once construction is completed next year. In the meantime, enjoy these views showing the bridge in its heyday. Clicking the images will take you to their corresponding exhibits.
It's the end of an era as the last of Escanaba's mighty ore docks will close down next month after 165 years of continuous operation. Check out our Iron Ore exhibit for a look back at the long history of these massive structures.