Introduction to Ludington, Michigan
In the 1600s, a French missionary and explorer Jacques Marquette visited this region and following his death, a memorial was created to designate his burial site. Burr Caswell, who arrived in 1845, used the area primarily for fishing and trapping purposes. He settled with his family in 1847, and established a community called "Pere Marquette village." It was later renamed "Ludington" after James Ludington, an industrialist and owner of several logging operations during the 19th century. In the late 1800s, the community flourished due to the presence of sawmills and the discovery of salt deposits. The Pere Marquette Railroad was established in 1897, and by the mid-20th century, Ludington had become the world's largest car ferry port.
Ludington and Nearby Attractions
- Manistee Historical Museum
- White Pine Village
- Ludington State Park
- Art Dettman Fish Shanty
- Michigan's Adventure
Things To Do In Ludington
The city is home to the White Pine Village, a recreated 19th-century pioneer settlement. Historical sites such as the Art Dettman Fish Shanty, and Rogers Street Fishing Village can also be visited. The Rogers Street Fishing Village houses the Great Lakes Coast Guard Museum. There are also 3 lighthouses in and around Ludington that offer organized tours. These include the North Breakwater Light, Big Sable Lighthouse, and Little Sable Lighthouse. Stearns Beach, located to the west of Ludington, is a large stretch of white sandy beach with a park area that has a miniature golf course and a skating rink. Charles Mears State Park, Silver Lake State Park, and Ludington State Park are other popular parks in the area.
Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the closest major airport.
Ludington Higher Education
Colleges near Ludington include the Muskegon Community College, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, and Northwestern Michigan College.