Site No.16: Pier Cove


Surveyed in 1839, the village of Pier Cove was once hailed as “the busiest port between St. Joseph and Muskegon”.  Before the Civil War, Pier Cove was a bustling community and a major point for lumber distribution, with ships departing daily carrying tanbark and cordwood to Chicago and Milwaukee.

Pier Cove
One of Pier Cove’s piers in 1896. 
Note the railroad tracks for loading the produce from rail cars onto the waiting Ships.

By the 1860’s the lumber was exhausted, but shipping commodities – mainly fruit – became the Pier Cove’s shipping mainstay.  By 1917, most shipping had ceased and Pier Cove would soon fade away remembered mainly by photographs.   Look for the historic marker by the parking area and Lake Michigan access.


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