Marquette (Images of America: Michigan)

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This fascinating pictorial history of Marquette,
Michigan, marks the occasion of the city’s
sesquicentennial celebration. Containing over 200 historic images, including photographs, lithographs, and maps from almost every decade of the city’s history, Marquette delves into the physical setting, economic life, architecture, weather, popular activities, and lives of the people that have made Marquette what it is today. Originally a boom town, Marquette was a convenient shipping point created to service the iron ore mines in the area. Many settlers with high spirits and energy were attracted to Marquette with hopes for a big chance at success. By the time the mines faded, however, these settlers
had already built a city of enduring importance―a vital and attractive center of commerce, education, and culture.

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Authors Gabriel N. Downs and Michael C. Downs have drawn from the collections of the State Archives of Michigan, the Peter White Library in Marquette, and the Marquette County Historical Society to complete this glimpse into the city’s past. Gabriel Downs has also provided some contemporary photographs in order to illustrate better the continuities and discontinuities of the city through time. Marquette allows a greater appreciation of that city’s remarkable atmosphere―a product of a mixture of urbanity, the North Woods, a poignant history with a sense of loss, a lively present, and a feeling of optimism regarding the promise of American life. Natives and visitors alike love Marquette, and this work presents some of the images that explain why.

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