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Ludington, Michigan
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Location of Ludington, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Mason
Area
 • Total 3.71 sq mi (9.61 km2)
 • Land 3.37 sq mi (8.73 km2)
 • Water 0.34 sq mi (0.88 km2)
Elevation 591 ft (180 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 8,076
 • Estimate (2012) 8,045
 • Density 2,396.4/sq mi (925.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49431
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-49640
GNIS feature ID 0631201
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  • Loading - Each of your belongings is labeled, inventoried and loaded in a systematic process. Additionally, all upholstered furniture is wrapped in stretch wrap, a strong, clear plastic that completely covers the furniture, protecting it from dirt and damage.
  • Transportation - All of our trailers are equipped with air-ride suspension systems to ensure the contents travel in the safest manner possible. All trucks are driven by professional household movers with the best training in the industry.
  • Unloading - Upon arrival, all items are inventoried as they are unloaded. When unloading, furniture, boxes and other belongings are placed in the rooms you designate. Assembly of beds, bookcases and other furniture is available upon request. Additionally, our household movers will protect your new home by using several types of floor runners to prevent stains or scratches on carpet and wood flooring.
Ludington MI 49431
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"The Clock Tower" Park.

Ludington (Get Moves Quote for Ludington, MI) /ˈlʌdiŋtən/ is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,076. It is the county seat of Mason (Mason, Michigan Relocation Companies).

Ludington (Get Moves Prices for Ludington, MI) is a harbor town located on Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Pere Marquette River. Many people come to Ludington (Get Move Cost for Ludington, MI) year round for recreation, including boating and swimming on Lake Michigan, Hamlin Lake, and other smaller inland lakes, as well as hunting, fishing, and camping. Nearby are Ludington (Get Moves Cost for Ludington, MI) State Park (which includes the Big Sable Point Light), Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, and Manistee National Forest. Ludington (Get Moves Prices for Ludington, MI) is also the home port of the SS Badger, with daily service in the summer across Lake Michigan to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Watching the Badger come into port in the evening from the end of the north breakwall by the Ludington lighthouse is a favorite local pastime. In summer, the city hosts quite a few large events. Examples are one of the largest Gus Macker basketball tournaments (with 35,500 spectators), the Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival (July 4), the Lakestride Half Marathon in June, and the West Shore Art League's Art Fair. As a result of its many attractions (based on AAA's 2005 TripTik requests), Ludington has multiple golf and disk-golf courses, Ludington is the fifth-most-popular tourist city in Michigan, behind Mackinaw City, Traverse City, Muskegon, and Sault Ste. Marie (Sault Ste. Marie, MI Moving Reviews).

History

In 1675, Jacques Marquette (Marquette, Michigan Movers), French missionary and explorer, died and was laid to rest here. A memorial and large iron cross mark the location.

In 1845, Burr Caswell moved to the area near the mouth of the Pere Marquette River as a location for trapping and fishing. In July 1847 when he brought his family to live there he became the first permanent resident of European ancestry. Two years later they built a two-story wood-framed house on their farm. After the organization of Mason (Mason, Michigan Relocation) in 1855, the first floor of this building was converted into the county's first courthouse. Restored in 1976 by the Mason (Mason, MI Relocation) Historical Society, the structure stands today as a part of White Pine Village, a museum consisting of several restored and replica Mason (Mason, MI Movers) buildings (see external links).

The town was originally named Pere Marquette, then later named after the industrialist James Ludington (Get Moves Estimate for Ludington, MI), whose logging operations the village built up around. Ludington (Get Moving Estimate for Ludington, MI) was incorporated as a City in 1873, the same year that the County seat was moved from the Village of Lincoln to the City of Ludington (Get Relocation Quote for Ludington, MI). The area boom in the late 19th century was due to these sawmills and also the discovery of salt deposits.

By 1892, 162 million board feet (382,000 m³) of lumber and 52 million wood shingles had been produced by the Ludington (Get Movers Estimate for Ludington, MI) sawmills. With all of this commerce occurring, Ludington (Get Moving Quote for Ludington, MI) became a major Great Lakes shipping port.

In 1875, the Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad began cross lake shipping operations with the sidewheel steamer John Sherman. It became apparent quite early that the John Sherman was not large enough to handle the volume of freight and the F&PM Railroad contracted with the Goodrich Line of Steamers to handle the break bulk freight out of the Port of Ludington (Get Movers Quote for Ludington, MI).

In 1897 the F&PM railroad constructed the first steel car ferry, the Pere Marquette (Marquette, MI Moving Companies). This was the beginning of the creation of a fleet of ferries to continue the rail cargo across Lake Michigan to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The fleet was also expanded to carry cars and passengers across the lake. By the mid-1950s, Ludington (Get Moves Cost for Ludington, MI) had become the largest car ferry port in the world. Unfortunately, due to disuse and declining industry, this fleet eventually dwindled. Currently only one carferry, the SS Badger, makes regular trips across the lake from Ludington (Get Move Cost for Ludington, MI), one of only two lake-crossing car ferries on Lake Michigan.

During the late 1910s and early 1920s, Ludington (Get Movers Estimate for Ludington, MI) was the home of the Ludington (Get Movers Cost for Ludington, MI) Mariners minor league baseball team. A team of the same name currently plays "old time base ball" in historical reenactments of the original version of the game.

Geography

  • According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.71 square miles (9.61 km2), of which, 3.37 square miles (8.73 km2) is land and 0.34 square miles (0.88 km2) is water.
  • The Ludington (Get Relocation Quote for Ludington, MI) North Breakwall Light is at the end of the north pierhead on Lake Michigan.
  • Ludington (Get Move Cost for Ludington, MI) is part of Northern Michigan.

Climate

Climate data for Ludington (Get Relocation Quote for Ludington, MI)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 57
(14)
63
(17)
78
(26)
85
(29)
90
(32)
97
(36)
98
(37)
99
(37)
94
(34)
84
(29)
74
(23)
65
(18)
99
(37)
Average high °F (°C) 29
(−2)
33
(1)
42
(6)
56
(13)
66
(19)
75
(24)
80
(27)
78
(26)
70
(21)
57
(14)
45
(7)
33
(1)
55.3
(13.1)
Average low °F (°C) 18
(−8)
19
(−7)
25
(−4)
35
(2)
44
(7)
54
(12)
59
(15)
58
(14)
51
(11)
41
(5)
32
(0)
23
(−5)
38.3
(3.5)
Record low °F (°C) −15
(−26)
−22
(−30)
−14
(−26)
4
(−16)
22
(−6)
28
(−2)
37
(3)
36
(2)
26
(−3)
19
(−7)
−8
(−22)
−14
(−26)
−22
(−30)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.04
(51.8)
1.68
(42.7)
2.42
(61.5)
3.30
(83.8)
3.34
(84.8)
3.52
(89.4)
3.03
(77)
3.55
(90.2)
3.88
(98.6)
3.63
(92.2)
3.39
(86.1)
2.48
(63)
33.75
(857.3)
Source: Weather Channel,

Transportation

  • US 10 enters the city from the east, connecting with Clare, Midland and Bay City (Bay City, MI Moving Company). It continues across Lake Michigan into Wisconsin via the SS Badger, providing carferry service to Manitowoc.
  • US 31 is a freeway to the south of a junction with US 10 east of Ludington. US 31 and US 10 run concurrently for about five miles (8.0 km) east of Ludington before US 31 turns northerly again at Scottville (Scottville, MI Moving).

  • BUS US 31 is a section of the former US 31 along Pere Marquette (Marquette, MI Moving Reviews) Highway east of the city.
  • M-116 is a spur route providing access to Ludington (Get Move Cost for Ludington, MI) State Park, to the north of the city, from US 10 downtown.
  • In addition, U.S. Bicycle Route 20 is planned to run through Ludington (Get Relocation Estimate for Ludington, MI).

Demographics

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,076 people, 3,549 households, and 2,004 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,396.4 inhabitants per square mile (925.3 /km2). There were 4,432 housing units at an average density of 1,315.1 per square mile (507.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.2% White, 1.1% African American, 1.4% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 2.0% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.3% of the population.

There were 3,549 households of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.8% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.5% were non-families. 37.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.87.

The median age in the city was 43 years. 21.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.7% were from 25 to 44; 26.7% were from 45 to 64; and 21.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.8% male and 54.2% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,357 people, 3,690 households, and 2,166 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,482.2 per square mile (957.5/km²). There were 4,227 housing units at an average density of 1,255.5 per square mile (484.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.02% White, 0.97% African American, 0.92% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 1.06% from other races, and 1.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.15% of the population.

There were 3,690 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.2% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.3% were non-families. 36.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 84.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,089, and the median income for a family was $36,333. Males had a median income of $31,970 versus $22,809 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,215. About 12.9% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.7% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.

Industry

Just south of Ludington (Get Relocation Prices for Ludington, MI) is the Ludington (Get Relocation Cost for Ludington, MI) Pumped Storage Power Plant, which generates pumped storage hydroelectricity. In town, there are Whitehall Industries, A Division of SRS Industries LLC (aluminum extrusion and aluminum fabrication), Occidental Petroleum Corporation (manufacturer of calcium chloride products), Great Lakes Castings Corporation, Amptech, Inc., and Carrom Company. The Fitch Four Drive Tractor Company was founded in Ludington (Get Movers Prices for Ludington, MI).

FloraCraft and Great Lakes Castings are also two big factories in Ludington (Get Move Cost for Ludington, MI).

Media

Ludington is home to four radio stations and one newspaper. The original radio station was WKLA, which continues today with a talk radio format at 1450 AM. In the 1970s, WKLA-FM (Adult Contemporary) and WKZC-FM (Country, licensed to nearby Scottville (Scottville, Michigan Relocation Companies)) were added. In 1999, WMOM-FM (Top 40, licensed to Pentwater) signed on the air. The Ludington (Get Moving Cost for Ludington, MI) Daily News has been serving the Ludington (Get Movers Quote for Ludington, MI) area from its location on N. Rath Avenue since the 1880s. The Daily News website records over 4,000 visitors each day.

Retail

Ludington (Get Moving Estimate for Ludington, MI)'s downtown retail is focused on the city's tourism and includes art galleries, antique stores, clothing stores and jewelry stores.

Education

Elementary

Junior/Senior high

Notable residents

  • Burr Caswell - early settler and developer of Ludington area and Mason (Mason, Michigan Relocation)
  • Justus Smith Stearns - an American baron of industry, politician, and businessman.
  • Antoine Ephrem Cartier - early settler and developer of Ludington (Get Movers Prices for Ludington, MI)
  • Warren Antoine Cartier - early settler and developer of Ludington (Get Relocation Cost for Ludington, MI)
  • Jacques Marquette - 17th century French missionary who, on his way to St. Ignace (St. Ignace, Michigan Moving Reviews), he was brought ashore near the present site of Ludington. A shrine in Ludington in the form of a cross marks that very spot where Father Marquette died.

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