Port Washington 1835 to 1985
People, places and events, pp. 22-31
Just as a 1898 story on Port Washington predicted, the City of Seven Hills has become a place for tourists to tarry, to enjoy and to savor the marina, the focus of summer life with its beautiful setting, control building and service building. Port Washington's marina has given a new focus on the future of the community. Photo by Vern Arendt Today and Tomorrow While Port Washington's reputation as a bustl- ing port-of-call and a heavy commercial fishing center is now committed to the pages of history, Lake Michigan remains very much an important part of the lives of the city's 8600 residents. Com- pletion of the $6,000,000 harbor and marina in 1982 has been influential in redefining Port's im- age of itself. Once a city of heavy industry, the lakefront obscured by factories and foundries belching heavy smoke into the winds, the city has reclaimed the waterfront, creating park and recreational areas which offer residents and visitors alike, the opportunity to experience the exhilaration of exposure to the sweeping winds and surging waters, to inspect first hand, the variety of small craft nestled in their dockside ber- ths, to stand in the majestic presence of a giant coal freighter as it discharges its cargo, or to share the excitement of a seawall fisherman as he lands a sizable trophy. With the opening of the 180 slip small boat marina, and a growing reputation as an unexcell- ed sportfishing center, Port Washington has been playing host to an increasing number of visitors, which has opened new avenues for economic growth. Tourists and fishermen are contributing substantially to the welfare of downtown mer- chants; existing stores are expanding or remodel- ing; new business ventures are developing. While not anxious to become totally a tourist center, Port Washington is extending the welcome mat to out-of-towners by identifying their needs and in- itiating services designed to make their stay com- fortable and enjoyable. 30 Today the major lighthouse at the end of the north breakwater is automated and newly painted. It has become a symbol of the com- munity and will be found on the logo for the Sesquicentennial as well as badges and emblems of city departments.
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