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Mason County Lumber Heritage Trail
The Lumber Heritage Trail Highlights Ludington's Rich History
Ludington has a rich history in lumbering, so in recognition of this, the 2013 Harbor Festival launched the Mason County Lumber Heritage Trail. Experience what life may have been like in the late 1800’s when the lumber economy was booming. At one time, there were 14 mills along Pere Marquette Lake with numerous smaller villages dedicated to the hundreds of workers who were employed by the mills. Huge amounts of lumber were manufactured and and shipped out to larger cities like Chicago and Milwaukee.
Many people explore this rich lumber heritage by making their way along the trail, using their smartphones to hear the stories associated with each site.
Dial (231) 480-3084 and use the stop numbers below for an audio narrative:
- (#121 & #138) Lumber Museum at Historic White Pine Village– 1687 S. Lakeshore Drive
- (108) Lumber Sculpture at Waterfront Park- 200 S. William Street
- (#100-#106) Lakeview Cemetery- 906 N. Lakeshore Drive
- (#118-#120) Pere Marquette Cemetery- 5884 W. 6th Street
- (#109) Warren Cartier Residence- 409 E. Ludington Avenue
- (#110) Marshall Butters Residence- 412 E. Ludington Avenue
- (#111) Antoine Cartier Residence- 501 E. Ludington Avenue
- (#112) Emery Weimer Residence- 510 E. Ludington Avenue
- (#113) W.T. Culver Residence- 701 E. Ludington Avenue
- (#114) James Foley Residence- 702 E. Ludington Avenue
- (#115) Daniel Goodenough Residence- 706 E. Ludington Avenue
- (#116) John Joyce Residence- 201 S. Washington Avenue
- (#117) Milton Ward Residence- 309 S. Washington Avenue
- (#107) Frank Filer & Edward Stanchfield Residence- 201 N. Gaylord Avenue
The Lumber Trail is a part of the Mason County Cultural Trails. Also included are:
For more information on the Mason County Lumber Trail,
More Activities & Attractions in Ludington...
Just blocks from the beach is the heart of downtown Ludington, where you can shop, dine, and enjoy summertime events.
Ludington has many beautiful beaches and parks to explore. Enjoy a day on the shores of Lake Michigan or take in the scenery at a local park.
Enjoy an afternoon drive around the Ludington area in October and fill your senses with the vibrant colors of fall.
The black-and-white striped, 112 foot lighthouse at the Ludington State Park stands proudly on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Arrive in Ludington by boat and dock at one of three marinas: Ludington Municipal Marina, Harbor View Marina, & Pere Pointe Village Marina.
There are many places for anglers to try their luck, and Ludington has such a great variety of fish. The area also has great charter captains.
Step back in the past and learn about Ludington’s rich maritime history at the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum.
The Barn Quilt Trail, highlighting the lost art of barn decor, is one of four trails that comprise the Mason County Cultural Trails.
Disc golf is a big deal here in the Ludington area, with up to 20,000 people per year visiting one of our six courses.