Inland Water Route Historical Society

Inland Water Route Historical Society Dedicated to Maintaining and Preserving the History of the Inland Water Route of Northern Michigan. http//:www.iwrhs.com
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The Inland Water Route Historical Society works to preserve the rich history of the Inland Waterway. A collection of lakes, rivers and channels, The Inland Waterway provided a valuable method of transporting commercial goods, residents, and tourists to the northern region of Michigan. From people-powered canoes and boats, to river steamers, the evolution of the Waterway adapted to meet the needs of the area, until the use of trains and automobiles relegated its use to a recreational capacity. The museum houses pictures and artifacts from that unique era in our history where the waterway was a major part of Northern Michigan life.

07/25/2019

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12/07/2013

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Something for everyone at Alanson Riverfest
07/27/2013
Something for everyone at Alanson Riverfest

Something for everyone at Alanson Riverfest

ALANSON — To say there's something for everyone is an understatement when discussing events, activities and offerings at the sixth annual Alanson Riverfest Friday-Sunday, Aug. 9-11.

07/27/2013

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Some great pictures of the Inland Waterway!
07/26/2013

Some great pictures of the Inland Waterway!

The 38-mile Inland Waterway is one of Emmet and Cheboygan counties most beautiful and remarkable features. Plan a trip down the Inland Waterway and take in the breathtaking natural beauty and serenity of this peaceful stretch of interconnected rivers and lakes ...

Inland Waterway in the news!
07/25/2013
Inland Waterway to become Heritage Water Trail

Inland Waterway in the news!

ALANSON -- Work is under way on the Inland Waterway in the tip of the Lower Peninsula to designate the almost 40-mile lake and river network into a destination for paddlers.

07/19/2013

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07/14/2013

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07/13/2013

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07/13/2013

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07/09/2013

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07/02/2013

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06/29/2013

If you see our flags out, we are open-- Stop in and see us!

04/04/2013

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02/14/2013

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01/24/2013

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01/15/2013

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12/28/2012

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12/27/2012

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Will you be joining us for the Alanson Riverfest?
08/01/2012

Will you be joining us for the Alanson Riverfest?

Inland Water Route Historical Society's cover photo
04/21/2012

Inland Water Route Historical Society's cover photo

10/10/2011

The launch project is getting a lot of attention this fall.

09/10/2011

If you are in Alanson for the car show, stop in and say hi!

08/02/2011

Come in out of the rain-the museum is open and dry!

07/04/2011

What a beautiful Fourth of July! It is great to see all of the people coming through the doors today!

07/01/2011

The IWRHS is planning a special display for Alanson's Riverfest. It is dynamic, and very unusual. I promised I would not tell the details. So this is all I can say right now.

06/12/2011

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Inland Water Route looked much different than it does now. Steamboats, trains, and horses were the transportation of that day. Come and see the world that once was at the museum in Alanson!

06/01/2011

Have you stopped in to see us this week? If the flags are out, we're open!

At the Society meeting in May, the IWHRS board members were preparing for the busy summer season.
05/28/2011

At the Society meeting in May, the IWHRS board members were preparing for the busy summer season.

Each summer, dozens of outboard racers speed along the Inland Water Route! This year's races are August 13-14, 2011.
05/28/2011
Top O'Michigan Marathon Nationals

Each summer, dozens of outboard racers speed along the Inland Water Route! This year's races are August 13-14, 2011.

Top O'Michigan Marathon Nationals took place July 31 and Aug. 1 on the Inland Waterway. Tracy Phillips and Matt Cupps of Harbor Springs made it six consecuti...

Museum memorabilia for sale at the IWRHS.
05/28/2011

Museum memorabilia for sale at the IWRHS.

05/28/2011

B.R. Smith, working today at the IWRHS, said the drizzle didn't stop the visitors to the museum!

05/28/2011

A round-trip train ticket from Detroit to the Inland Water Route in 1905 cost $11.98.

05/28/2011

When the Inland House in Conway was first opened in 1879, it had just 5 guest rooms.

05/25/2011

The Alanson IWRHS museum is open for the summer- come and visit this weekend!

Address

River Street
Alanson, MI
49706

Opening Hours

Wednesday 11:00 - 13:00
Saturday 11:00 - 13:00
Sunday 11:00 - 13:00

Telephone

(231) 796-5435

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Such a great display of some of the history & beauty of N Mi. A lot to cool stuff & pictures to view. Live it.
Marilyn Jean Project By Wayne Blomberg Tourism and northern Michigan. The rugged beauty of our part of the state known as the tip of the mitten has drawn people to visit, experience, and enjoy it for years. From the big blue waters of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron to the large inland lakes like Burt and Mullet, along with the interconnecting rivers that these waters have attracted and made a way for people to journey on and take in this beauty while traveling by boat. Quite often visitors are unaware of the waterway known as the “Inland Route” that stretches from within a half mile of Little Traverse Bay in the west, to the city of Cheboygan on Lake Huron in the east. Thirty-eight miles of interconnected lakes and rivers offering a unique and adventurous way to see our beautiful state. A little-known fact is the scale of thriving tourism that was going on around the turn of the century. In the village of Alanson is a small museum that tells the story and brings to life the fascinating details of the Inland Route. All intertwined were the railroads, large hotels, and navigation companies showing off the natural beauty found here. The Grand Rapids and Indiana Railway marketed themselves as the “fishing line.” Bringing visitors north to places like Aloha on Mullett Lake and the city of Cheboygan, was the Michigan Central Railroad. The Detroit and Mackinaw Railway with their train called the “Timberliner,” also brought numerous visitors from the southern part of Michigan and neighboring states to the south. The Inland Water Route Historical Society formed in 2004 had a goal of giving a glimpse of what it felt like to travel the waterway on a historic launch. After retiring the mortgage on the museum building on River Street in Alanson in 2010, thanks to very generous support from the local area, the goal of beginning the project of purchasing a historic boat design began. Members of the launch committee had heard about the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven Michigan operating a 30’ Truscott replica design. In the winter of 2012 committee members made a trip to South Haven to see their boat. It was a beautiful craft and not too long after our trip we decided to contact Lloyd Beckman out in Kingstown Rhode Island to inquire about the possibility of having a hull built for the Inland Water Route Historical Society. After much discussion, our launch committee decided to move forward into very uncharted waters. This kind of project has a whole lot on unknowns and US Coast Guard requirements that provide a roller coaster type ride. We’ve come to learn that there are many reasons that you don’t see a project like this in very many places – Not easy and Not inexpensive! In October of 2013 we sent a down payment and signed a contract to begin construction of the boat. Work on the fiberglass hull began shortly after, and in February a trip was made to the east coast to pick the boat up and bring it home to northern Michigan. Although it had an engine, drive train, rudder and propeller, the boat was a just a shell with a lot of work yet to be completed. Having had previous conversations with the Great Lakes Boatbuilding School in Cedarville Michigan, the committee voted to take the boat there to have it completed. If you have never visited the school, visitors are welcomed by the staff to an interesting shop and view unique projects being worked on. Our hull would spend the next three school years being painstakingly and meticulously assembled to be compliant with every US Coast Guard regulation of a vessel certified to carry public passengers. While the committee had ideas on how we wanted the boat to look, some things had no choice – “Coast Guard Regs.” As the completion is becoming a reality, the boat has become more beautiful with its fantail shape and varnished mahogany brightwork. The staff and students at G.L.B.B.S. have been very accommodating and a pleasure to work with. In May of 2017 the time had come to give the boat a name, so at a special meeting of launch committee members, it was voted upon that the boat will be called the “Marilyn Jean” in honor of Jean Fairbairn, a founding member of IWRHS and tireless and enthusiastic supporter of the idea of the Inland Route Museum, and having a historic boat introducing visitors to an era of steamboats and tourism at the turn of the century and a little beyond. Jean was not able to see that vision become a reality but we know that she would be proud of the accomplishment of goals that were envisioned. As final touches are being made to the Marilyn Jean, plans are being made to bring it to its home port in the village of Alanson. In historic times a boat like this would not have been trailered. Poor or non-existent roads and the fact that boat trailers were not yet invented, the boat would have been brought to its home port by water. In keeping with that tradition, details are being finished to make the trip from Cedarville to the entrance of the historic Inland Route at Cheboygan and on down to the Village of Alanson where it will be eagerly welcomed to become a fixture in the community. Progress and updates on the journey will be available on Facebook.