Monday, January 01, 2007

South Haven sunset

The city of South Haven, Michigan was founded in 1869, a decade after its first permanent settlers arrived on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan in the southwest corner of Michigan.

Timber was South Haven’s first industry. A sawmill prepared the timber for shipment to Milwaukee and Chicago on the other side of the Lake Michigan. Fruit farmers took advantage of the cleared forests to grow their crops. The increase in shipping to and from South Haven prompted the installation of a pier light in 1972. Jobs were created and the city began to grow. By the turn of the century, South Haven was quickly becoming a popular resort area.

South Haven’s fortunes have risen and fallen with those of the resort and manufacturing industries in the last couple of decades, but remains a lovely little burg on a beautiful stretch of Lake Michigan. My wife and I stopped by South Haven while returning from a Christmas trip to visit family in Michigan. The photo above, along with the previous two pictures posted here, are a sampling of the visual memories we brought home with us from this charming little town.

Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2007 James Jordan.

3 comments:

tetsu said...

Beautiful scenry. Nicely done. :-)

Otto K. said...

This is quite lovely, James. Here's to a great 2007!

crizette said...

This is inspiring! A very lovely and magical pic. A very beautiful scene to relax and meditate.