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Port Huron Interpretive Signage

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INTERPRETIVE SIGNAGE

ST. CLAIR RIVER

PORT HURON, MICHIGAN

The beginning of the St. Clair River is a significant cornerstone of our history, our economy, our ecology, our culture, our state and our Great Lakes. The segment of the St. Clair River that runs from Lake Huron to our Seaway Terminal is loaded with geographic, ecologic and historic significance. This segment of river is an international border along a National Water Trail (part of the U.S. National Park Service) and is traversed by the Blue Water Bridges. What a great place for interpretive signage to help convey information not only to tourists, but also to those who live right here in St. Clair County.

Signs Installed 2015

Along the Thomas Edison Parkway, there is already a continuous walkway with more than 60 benches encouraging restful contemplation, 60 elegant lamp posts encouraging an evening stroll and several new sculptures to stimulate your imagination. It is a pleasant location that draws tourists and locals alike. The Bluewater Convention Center is bringing even more people this way.

Interpretive signage can cover a multitude of topics. The St. Clair County Parks & Recreation Department has installed new interpretive signage in several locations such as the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, Goodells County Park and the Wadhams to Avoca Trail. QR codes are incorporated into the signage so that more information can be viewed on a dedicated website. These interpretive signs are manufactured by Pannier Graphics out of Pennsylvania. These signs are built to last. The cost for the signage is reasonable and is detailed below. Getting our visitors to linger a little longer in the area is always something good. Informing our own citizens about our ecology, history and geography will help us better maintain the beauty and health of the area.

Signage topics for Port Huron could include:

      - sturgeon spawning habitat

      - shipwrecks in the River

      - Blue Water Bridge construction (1930's and 1990's)

      - 43 degrees north latitude marker

      - Port Huron to Mackinac Race

      - glacial history

      - Fort Gratiot the fort

      - Fort Gratiot the city

      - Native American history

      - Draper Park archeological digs

      - French exploration

      - history of the casino in Sarnia

      - Great Lakes ship traffic

      - Coast Guard history (Life Saving Service)

      - fishing

      - logging and lumber

      - La Salle delayed at the Narrows

      - Duluth and Fort St. Joseph

      - Young Gull and the Chippewas

      - Port Huron Ice Border

      - Port Huron's Hopewell tradition burial mounds

      - the Neutrals

      - Old Mother Rodd

      - shipbuilding and dry docks

      - the Eastland tragedy

      - Edmund Fitzgerald (and the local connections)

      - immigration after the Civil War

      - railroad tunnel

      - the swing ferry from Point Edward

      - Thomas Edison's boyhood home (Jenkins house/House in the Grove)

      - Sam Edison's observation tower

      - Hartsuff brothers (Civil War generals who despised Sam Edison)

      - the Narrows

      - early settlements (Peru, Desmond, etc.)

      - Mekadewagamitigweyawininiwak (Chippewa reservation)

      - War of 1812

      - Military road (Gratiot)

      - Block I shops

      - info on the River (depth, current, discharge amount)

      - The Fenians and the unification of Canada

      - Sarnia

      - Omar Conger (and the Red Cross)

      - Port Huron & Northwestern Railway

      - Sarnia-Port Huron ferries (before the bridges)

      - McNeil's Creek

      - Port Huron, the easternmost point of Michigan

      - the fishery as it was in 1685

      - habitat restoration

      - Nathan Boynton

      - Dodge brothers in Port Huron

      - Port Huron Engine and Thresher

      - scuba diving

      - etc.

      - etc.

DETAILS:

$365 - metal frame sign with Gel Coat Laminate - 10" x 16" in size - 30" off the ground - single metal post (3" x 3" post).

$593 - metal frame sign with Gel Coat Laminate - 24" x 36" in size - 30" off the ground - two metal posts (2" x 6" posts).

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