MARQUETTE, Mich. (WJMN) – The Shiras Steam Plant has been a part of the Marquette landscape since February of 1967. The Christmas tree was permanently affixed to the building in the fall of 1993. Mathew Zavislak, the Marquette Board of Light and Power administrative services manager says that the plant has been happy to light the way home for so many.
“I think it’s going to affect everybody a little differently again,” Zavislak said. “The tree means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. I know that when I’m driving back down from downstate or back up here from downstate. I’m going to miss it a lot during the holiday season. I always look forward to the beginning of the holiday season and it is unfortunate to see that it has to go with the building.”
This bit of christmas cheer is coming quiet a few months early this year, but Zavislak says he wanted to be sure the community had their chance to say their goodbyes.
“So we wanted to do it now because it is the actual last hurrah power to the building is going to be caught within a month or so,” Zavislak said. “So we wanted to just make sure everybody had the opportunity to get out there and take one last picture and let the public know that it was no longer going to exist after the building comes down.”
The Shiras Steam Plant is scheduled for demolition this summer but the Marquette Board of Light and Power will light the Christmas tree on the plant one more time on April 9, 10, and 11. They invite the Marquette Community to visit for one final look and photo opportunity before it’s gone. If community members would like to share pictures, they can do so on Marquette Board of Light and Power’s Facebook Page.