The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), July 15, 1884

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Many years ago, before there was a Chicago or a Carter Harrison,* the little port of St. Joseph (Michigan) was the leading shipping point on Lake Michigan. Monster ships, carrying from 2,500 to 3,000 bushels of wheat and 75 tons of coal**, sailed in and out of the harbor, and passenger steamers would come from Detroit with emigrants. But by and by a settlement was formed in the swamp lands across the lake and the shipping interests of St. Joseph gradually drifted across to Chicago. Today St. Joseph has little to boast of in the way of lake commerce. Graham & Morton run a passenger steamer over from Chicago each day, and the John A. Dix also makes daily trips bring fruit and garden products, but aside from these but few crafts ever touch at St. Joseph. The harbor was one of the best on the lakes in its day, and was ruined by a railroad bridge being built across it near the entrance.

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*Mayor of Chicago **The author is being facetious. The average 1884 grain schooner had a capacity of about 25,000 bu. or 400 t., and many were much larger.
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July 15, 1884
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), July 15, 1884