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The history of the Great Lakes ferry system at Loutit District Library July 18
The history of the Great Lakes ferry system at Loutit District Library July 18

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Lake Michigan Railroad ferries essentially created rails across Lake Michigan from Michigan ports including Grand Haven and Muskegon.

The Michigan railroads involved included Ann Arbor, Grand Trunk Western, and Pere Marquette-Chesapeake and Ohio.

Caledonia resident, Tom Buettner, will discuss those topics and more on July 18 at the Loutit District Library as he presents “Rails Across Lake Michigan” at 7 p.m. Buettner’s presentation will feature slides of vintage postcards and photos that describe the rise and fall of these great ferry systems. The program, held in LDL’s Program Room A, is approximately one hour in length and is appropriate for all ages.

Buettner has been giving his programs to West Michigan communities for 22 years, addressing a multitude of topics. His most recent visit to LDL was in October 2012 with his program “A Walking Tour of Charles Dickens London.”

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan. The LDL serves 35,540 residents of the City of Grand Haven, the City of Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Charter Township, Robinson Township and that part of Port Sheldon Township in the Grand Haven Area Public School District. LDL offers a collection of over 132,552 items and provides educational, informative, cultural, and recreational programs for all ages. LDL is a member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call 616-842-5560, ext. 214.