Port Huron, Michigan

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Port Huron
City
City of Port Huron
Young Thomas Edison, in front of the Blue Water Bridge
Young Thomas Edison, in front of the Blue Water Bridge
Nickname(s): Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes, Gateway to Canada
Location of Port Huron, Michigan
Location of Port Huron, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°58′49″N 82°26′15″W / 42.98028°N 82.43750°W / 42.98028; -82.43750Coordinates: 42°58′49″N 82°26′15″W / 42.98028°N 82.43750°W / 42.98028; -82.43750
CountryUnited States
StateMichigan
CountySt. Clair
Incorporated1857
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorPauline Repp
Area[1]
 • Total12.26 sq mi (31.75 km2)
 • Land8.08 sq mi (20.93 km2)
 • Water4.18 sq mi (10.83 km2)
Elevation604 ft (184 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total30,184
 • Estimate (2012[3])29,684
 • Density3,735.6/sq mi (1,442.3/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC−4)
Area code(s)810
FIPS code26-65820[4]
GNIS feature ID1624839[5]
Websitewww.porthuron.org
 
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Port Huron
City
City of Port Huron
Young Thomas Edison, in front of the Blue Water Bridge
Young Thomas Edison, in front of the Blue Water Bridge
Nickname(s): Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes, Gateway to Canada
Location of Port Huron, Michigan
Location of Port Huron, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°58′49″N 82°26′15″W / 42.98028°N 82.43750°W / 42.98028; -82.43750Coordinates: 42°58′49″N 82°26′15″W / 42.98028°N 82.43750°W / 42.98028; -82.43750
CountryUnited States
StateMichigan
CountySt. Clair
Incorporated1857
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorPauline Repp
Area[1]
 • Total12.26 sq mi (31.75 km2)
 • Land8.08 sq mi (20.93 km2)
 • Water4.18 sq mi (10.83 km2)
Elevation604 ft (184 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total30,184
 • Estimate (2012[3])29,684
 • Density3,735.6/sq mi (1,442.3/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC−4)
Area code(s)810
FIPS code26-65820[4]
GNIS feature ID1624839[5]
Websitewww.porthuron.org

Port Huron is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of St. Clair County.[6] The population was 30,184 at the 2010 census. The city is adjacent to Port Huron Township but is administratively autonomous. It is joined by the Blue Water Bridge over the St. Clair River to Point Edward, Ontario in Canada. The city lies at the southern end of Lake Huron and is the easternmost point on land in Michigan. Port Huron is home to two paper mills; Mueller brass; and many businesses related to the tourism and automotive industry. The city also features a historic downtown area, boardwalk, marina, museum, lighthouse, and the McMorran Place arena and entertainment complex.

The city was a recipient of the All-America City Award in 1955 and 2005.

History[edit]

In 1814, Fort Gratiot was established at the base of Lake Huron and was considered the first Euro-American population in the area. There was an Ojibwa reservation in part of the modern area of Port Huron until 1836.[7]

In 1857, Port Huron became an incorporated city. Port Huron's population grew rapidly after the 1850s due in part to a successful shipbuilding and lumber trade. By 1870, Port Huron's population exceeded that of surrounding villages. In 1871, the Supreme Court designated Port Huron as the county seat.[8]

On Sunday, October 8, 1871, the city, as well as places north in Sanilac, and Huron County, burned in the Port Huron Fire of 1871. The Thumb Fire occurred a decade later, covering almost the same area. A series of other fires leveled Holland and Manistee, Michigan, as well as Peshtigo, Wisconsin and Chicago on the same day.

In 1895 the village of Fort Gratiot, in the vicinity of the former Fort Gratiot, was annexed by the city of Port Huron.[9]

The following historic sites have been recognized by the State of Michigan through its historic marker program.

In 1962, a convention of the Students for a Democratic Society was held in Lakeport a community several miles north of the city. While there they developed the Port Huron Statement, the SDS manifesto.

Historic photographs[edit]

Geography[edit]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Port Huron NOAA Station
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C)64
(18)
69
(21)
82
(28)
87
(31)
96
(36)
102
(39)
103
(39)
102
(39)
101
(38)
90
(32)
81
(27)
66
(19)
103
(39)
Average high °F (°C)31.3
(−0.4)
33.8
(1)
42.8
(6)
55.5
(13.1)
67.1
(19.5)
77.3
(25.2)
82.0
(27.8)
80.5
(26.9)
73.4
(23)
60.6
(15.9)
47.7
(8.7)
35.6
(2)
57.3
(14.1)
Daily mean °F (°C)24.3
(−4.3)
26.2
(−3.2)
34.4
(1.3)
45.9
(7.7)
56.9
(13.8)
66.9
(19.4)
72.3
(22.4)
71.2
(21.8)
63.8
(17.7)
51.7
(10.9)
40.5
(4.7)
29.2
(−1.6)
48.61
(9.22)
Average low °F (°C)17.4
(−8.1)
18.6
(−7.4)
26.0
(−3.3)
36.2
(2.3)
46.6
(8.1)
56.6
(13.7)
62.6
(17)
61.8
(16.6)
54.3
(12.4)
42.7
(5.9)
33.3
(0.7)
22.8
(−5.1)
39.9
(4.4)
Record low °F (°C)−19
(−28)
−15
(−26)
−7
(−22)
8
(−13)
21
(−6)
32
(0)
35
(2)
37
(3)
25
(−4)
20
(−7)
2
(−17)
−7
(−22)
−19
(−28)
Precipitation inches (mm)1.96
(49.8)
1.97
(50)
2.07
(52.6)
2.86
(72.6)
3.13
(79.5)
3.39
(86.1)
3.23
(82)
3.26
(82.8)
3.84
(97.5)
2.78
(70.6)
3.11
(79)
2.19
(55.6)
33.78
(858)
Snowfall inches (cm)11.0
(27.9)
9.9
(25.1)
5.0
(12.7)
0.7
(1.8)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
1.3
(3.3)
8.3
(21.1)
36.1
(91.7)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in)13.010.010.512.911.710.710.110.710.811.912.513.4138.2
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in)7.45.92.90.60000000.85.322.9
Source: NOAA [10]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
190019,158
191018,863−1.5%
192025,94437.5%
193031,36120.9%
194032,7594.5%
195035,7259.1%
196036,0841.0%
197035,794−0.8%
198033,981−5.1%
199033,694−0.8%
200032,338−4.0%
201030,184−6.7%

Port Huron is the largest city in the Thumb area, and is a center of industry and trade for the region.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 30,184 people, 12,177 households, and 7,311 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,735.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,442.3 /km2). There were 13,871 housing units at an average density of 1,716.7 per square mile (662.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 84.0% White, 9.1% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 1.2% from other races, and 4.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.4% of the population.

There were 12,177 households of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.5% were married couples living together, 19.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.0% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the city was 35.8 years. 25.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.3% were from 25 to 44; 25.2% were from 45 to 64; and 13.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.8% male and 52.2% female.

Government[edit]

The city government is organized under a council/manager form of government. The City Council is responsible for appointing a City Manager, who is the Chief Administrative Officer of the city. The Manager supervises the administrative affairs of the city and carries out the policies established by the City Council. As the Chief Administrative Officer, the City Manager is responsible for the organization of the administrative branch and has the power to appoint and remove administrative officers who are responsible for the operation of departments which carry out specific functions. The City Council consists of seven elected officials—a mayor and six council members. Beginning with the 2011 election, citizens will vote separately for Mayor and Council. Council members will serve staggered four-year terms and the Mayor will serve a two year term. The current mayor is former city clerk, Pauline Repp.

Federally, Port Huron is part of Michigan's 10th congressional district, represented by Republican Candice Miller, elected in 2002.

Transportation[edit]

Blue Water Bridge

Major highways[edit]

Two Interstates terminate at the Port Huron-to-Sarnia Blue Water Bridge, and they meet Highway 402.

Mass transit[edit]

The Blue Water Area Transit system,[11] created in 1976, includes eight routes in the Port Huron area. Blue Water Transit operates the Blue Water Trolley, which provides a one hour tour of various local points of interest. Recently, Blue Water Area Transit received a grant from the state to buy new buses for a route between the Port Huron hub and New Baltimore about 30 miles (48 km) south. Commuters could take an express bus traveling down I-94 and get off at the 23 Mile Road SMART Bus stop. At the same time, another bus will travel down M-25 and M-29 and pick up commuters in Marysville, Saint Clair and Algonac before ending up at the same stop on 23 Mile Road. This new system will help people in St. Clair County travel through Metro Detroit.

Rail[edit]

Airports[edit]

St. Clair County International Airport is a public airport located five miles (8 km) southwest of the central business district.

Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport, located across the St. Clair River in Sarnia, Ontario, offers daily service to Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport operated by Air Georgian, a regional affiliate of Air Canada.

The Bluewater Bridge from the South along the St. Clair River (Port Huron, MI to Sarnia, ON)

Colleges[edit]

Parks[edit]

The City of Port Huron owns and operates 17 waterfront areas containing 102 acres (0.4 km2) and 3.5 miles (5.6 km) of water frontage. This includes three public beaches and six parks with picnic facilities. The city also has nine scenic turnout sites containing over 250 parking spaces. Port Huron operates the largest municipal marina system in the state and has five separate locations for boat mooring.

The City has 14 public parks, 4 smaller-sized “tot” parks, 19 playgrounds (City owned), 9 playgrounds (School owned), 33 tennis courts, including 16 at schools and 6 indoors, 3 public beaches, 4 public swimming pools, 1 community center, and 1 public parkway.

Culture[edit]

Notable current & former residents[edit]

Media[edit]

Radio[edit]

The thumb area is an unranked radio region. Local radio in Port Huron includes WPHM AM, WBTI FM, WHLS AM, WSAQ FM, and WGRT. Most Detroit radio stations can be heard in the Port Huron area.

Local FM[edit]

  • WNFA 88.3 FM, Port Huron, Power 883
  • CBEG-FM 90.3 FM, Sarnia, CBC Radio One (relays CBEW-FM Windsor)
  • WNFR 90.7 FM, Port Huron, Wonderful News Radio
  • WSGR-FM 91.3 FM, Port Huron, The Eclectic Sound For The Bluewater Area
  • WBGV 92.5 FM, Marlette, Country 92.5
  • WBTI 96.9 FM, Port Huron, Today's Hit Music
  • WTGV 97.7 FM, Sandusky, Light & Easy Listining
  • CFGX-FM 99.9 FM, The Fox FM, Your perfect Music Mix
  • WGRT 102.3 FM, Port Huron, Your Great Music Station
  • CHKS-FM 106.3 FM, Sarnia ON, K106.3 Sarnia/Port Huron's Best Rock
  • WSAQ 107.1 FM, Port Huron, Q Country 107
  • WORW 91.9 FM, Port Huron, "The Wave"

Local AM[edit]

  • WMIC 660 AM, Sandusky, The Thumb's Information Station (Daytime Only)
  • CHOK 1070 AM, Sarnia ON, CHOK Country
  • WHLS 1450 AM/WHLX 1590 AM, Port Huron, Good Times & Great Hits
  • WPHM 1380 AM, Port Huron, Information Radio 1380
  • WLCO 1530 AM, Lapeer, Real Country (Daytime Only)

Newspaper[edit]

Broadcast television[edit]

St. Clair County lies in the Detroit television market. Channels available on Comcast are as follows:

Detroit Area[edit]

Southwestern Ontario[edit]

St. Clair County also receive the following stations from the Sarnia / London area, but are currently not carried on cable:

Local sports teams[edit]

Port Huron has had a strong tradition of minor league hockey for many years.

The Port Huron Flags played in the original International Hockey League from 1962-1981, winning three Turner Cup championships in 1966, 1971 and 1972. Its leading career scorers were Ken Gribbons, who played most of his career in the IHL; Bob McCammon, a lifelong IHLer who went on to be a National Hockey League coach with the Philadelphia Flyers and the Vancouver Canucks; Bill LeCaine and Larry Gould, who played a handful of NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Vancouver Canucks, respectively.

Port Huron was also represented in the Colonial Hockey League (also operating under the names United Hockey League and International Hockey League), with franchises from 1996 until the league folded in 2010. Originally called the Border Cats, the team was renamed the Beacons in 2002, the Flags in 2005 and the Icehawks in 2007. Among the more notable players were Bob McKillop, Jason Firth, Tab Lardner and Brent Gretzky.

The Port Huron Fighting Falcons of the junior North American Hockey League currently plays at McMorran Place, beginning in 2010.

The Port Huron Pirates indoor football team dominated the Great Lakes Indoor Football League up until their departure to Flint, MI. McMorran Arena once again hosted indoor football with the Port Huron Predators of the Continental Indoor Football League in 2011. The Predators failed to finish the 2011 season, and were replaced in 2012 by the Port Huron Patriots who also particiate in the CIFL.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

External links[edit]

Surrounding communities[edit]