Marker 369: Manitowoc and the Car Ferries

Erected 1998 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
44.089648,-87.651603
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MANITOWOC
AND THE
CAR FERRIES
In the first five decades of the 20th century, Lake Michigan railroad car ferry service aided national defense and the regional economy by providing a key transportation alternative to the railroad bottle neck in Chicago. At the Port of Manitowoc, where car ferries were the major cargo carriers, Manitowoc shipbuilders constructed eleven car ferries and maintained, repaired, and remodeled many more. Five of these ships were built for the Pere Marquette Line which later evolved into the Lake Michigan Carferry Service. 
NOTE: This is a two-sided marker; see also S.S. Badger.

The marker is located at the S.S. Badger -- Lake Michigan Manitowoc Dock, at 900 South Lakeview Drive, Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220.






 View with the Manitowoc Breakwater Lighthouse in the background.
NOTE: This is a two-sided marker; see also S.S. Badger.

The marker can be seen to the right of the ticket office,
under the awning.



 View of Manitowoc Harbor and Manitowoc Breakwater Lighthouse
from marker location.


 At the entrance to the Car Ferry.

 View from Quay Street.

 This is a two-sided marker; see also S.S. Badger.

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