by Aaron R. Conklin, Wisconsin Sea Grant

Credit: Tamara Thomsen

In the late 1800s to early 1900s, midwesterners who needed to travel across the region or wanted to get away from the pollution of the cities had something in common with grain and lumber magnates. To get where they wanted to go, each had to rely on the steamers and tugboats of the Goodrich Transit Company. Goodrich kept regular year-round passenger steamer schedules to Lake Michigan’s coastal communities and was also involved in cross-lake freight transport contracted through the railroads.

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