Walking tour teaches the history of Marquette’s downtown


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MARQUETTE — Travel Marquette has partnered with the Marquette Regional History Center to create a Historic Walking Tour of downtown Marquette.

“We have been producing walking tours of the downtown district and the historic district since the early 90s,” says Cris Osier, Executive Director of the Marquette Regional History Center.

A map of the self-guided tour is available both online and in Travel Marquette’s brochure. The goal is to show off the architecture and history of Marquette both for tourists and locals.

“We’re hoping that it will get people engaged and getting a little more familiar about all the different historic things that we have here in Marquette and Marquette County,” explains Susan Estler, Executive Director of Travel Marquette.

The historic walking tour not only allows you to see the historic buildings in Marquette but also learn some interesting and maybe unknown facts about the buildings. For example, one fact from the map reads, ‘the Marquette Courthouse has been the site of many well-known trials including a suit brought by Theodore Roosevelt against an Ishpeming newspaper for slander. He was awarded six cents.’

“There’s a history and there’s a lore to Marquette and working with the history museum and the fact that they were able to give us additional information about all the wonderful sites that we have here,” continues Susan Estler.

The walking tour begins at the Marquette Regional History Center and ends at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church. The tour centers around downtown Marquette, which could also bring business to the area.

“See the architecture, enjoy the downtown, see what else there is in our downtown; the shops, the restaurants,” says Cris Osier.

The entire tour is 1.2 miles on paved sidewalks. For more information on the Historic Walking Tour and to see the map, click here.

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