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CITY OF MILWAUKEE (Great Lakes Car Ferry)

Manistee, Michigan
County of Benzie.
National Register Number: 90002221
Resource type: Structure.
Property type: Transportation - water -related. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: MI-1 Certified Local Government: NO
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Please contact the NHL directly for visitor information.
Current use/information: Open for tours; http://www.carferry.com; 231-723-3587.
Web Site: www.sos.state.mi.us/history/preserve/phissite/citymilw.html.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 14, 1990):
Involved in cross-lake train car ferry service all of her working life (1931-1982), CITY OF MILWAUKEE is the sole surviving example of a pre-1940 "classic"-period Great Lakes car ferry. She embodies the distinctive charateristics of these specialized craft and possesses all the historic features associated with these vessels. She is presently docked at the Marine Terminal Railyard of the Ann Arbor Railroad where cross-lake ferry service began nearly 100 years ago.

Issues with finding funding for the boat is ever present.

Restoration and maintenace of the boat is underway (2008), which includes scraping and painting. The parking lot has recenlty been paved.

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