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One of the oldest settlements in Michigan, Port Huron stretches for seven miles along the shore of the St. Clair River and the base of Lake Huron. Known as the Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes, Port Huron is an international border crossing marked by the stunning Blue Water Bridge connecting the United States and Canada. Port Huron has a long and interesting history. In 1686 the French built Fort St. Joseph to protect their fur trade from the British. Incorporated as a village in 1849, Port Huron was a major station on the Underground Railroad and the boyhood home of Thomas Edison. Opened in 2001, the Thomas Edison Depot Museum is housed ...

One of the oldest settlements in Michigan, Port Huron stretches for seven miles along the shore of the St. Clair River and the base of Lake Huron. Known as the Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes, Port Huron is an international border crossing marked by the stunning Blue Water Bridge connecting the United States and Canada. Port Huron has a long and interesting history. In 1686 the French built Fort St. Joseph to protect their fur trade from the British. Incorporated as a village in 1849, Port Huron was a major station on the Underground Railroad and the boyhood home of Thomas Edison. Opened in 2001, the Thomas Edison Depot Museum is housed in the historic Fort Gratiot depot. Built in 1858 by the Grand Trunk Railway, it is the actual depot where Edison worked selling newspapers between 1859 and 1863. Later in life, Edison often referred to his formative years in Port Huron. Celebrating its maritime heritage, Port Huron offers marinas, boat cruises, beaches, museums, charter fishing boats and the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, Michigan's' oldest working lighthouse. Tour the Coast Guard Cutter "Bramble" and learn about her exciting past. Stroll the downtown district with its lovely brick storefronts, special shops, art galleries and dining spots. The city's boardwalk is an excellent place to stop and view St. Clair River and the passing freighters. With 17 waterfront areas containing 102 acres and 3.5 miles of water frontage, Port Huron offers plenty of spots to slow down and watch the river flow.

Jackie Finch
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Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States, and four times she was named Travel Writer of the Year by Midwest Travel Writers Association.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Memorial Day weekend for the annual living re-enactment of 18th century life sponsored by the Port Huron Museum of Arts and History