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History
In 1814, Fort Gratiot was established at the base of Lake Huron and was considered the first organized population in the area. In 1857, Port Huron became an incorporated city. Port Huron's population grew rapidly after the 1850's 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.

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

Fort St. Joseph. The fort was built in 1686 by the French explorer Duluth. This fort was the second European settlement in lower Michigan. This post guarded the upper end of the vital waterway joining Lake Erie and Lake Huron. Designed to bar English traders from the upper lakes, the fort in 1687 was the mobilization center for a war party of French and Indians. In 1688 it was abandoned, but the site became part of Fort Gratiot in 1814. A park now rests where the fort once stood.
Fort Gratiot Light. The Fort Gratiot Lighthouse was built in 1829 to replace a tower destroyed by a storm. In the 1860s workers extended the tower to its present height of 84 feet. The light, automated in 1933, continues to guide shipping on Lake Huron into the narrow and swift-flowing St. Clair River. It was the first lighthouse established in the State of Michigan.
Grand Trunk Railroad Deport. The depot, which is now part of the Port Huron Museum, is where 12-year-old Tom Edison departed daily on the Port Huron - Detroit run. In 1859, the railroad's first year of operation, Tom persuaded the company to let him sell newspapers and confections on the daily trips. He became so successful the he soon placed two newsboys on other Grand Trunk runs to Detroit. He made enough money to support himself and to buy chemicals and other experimental materials.
Port Huron Public Library. In 1902 the city of Port Huron secured money from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to erect a municipal library. In 1904, a grand Beaux-Arts-style structure was built at a cost of $45,000. At its dedication, Melvil Dewey, creator of a widely used book classification system, delivered the opening address. The Port Huron Public Library served in its original capacity for over sixty years. In 1967 a larger public library was constructed. The following year the former library opened as the Port Huron Museum of Arts and History. A rear addition was constructed in 1988.
The Harrington Hotel. The Hotel opened in 1896. It is a blend of Romanesque, Classical and Queen Anne architecture. The hotel closed in 1986, but a group of investors bought the structure that same year to convert it into housing for senior citizens. The Harrington Hotel is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Grand Trunk Western Railroad Tunnel. The tunnel was opened in 1891 and links Port Huron, Michigan with Canada. This international submarine railway tunnel was the first international tunnel in the world. The tunnel's total length is 11,725 feet, with 2,290 feet underwater. The tunnel operations were electrified in 1908 and completely dieselized in 1958. Tracks were lowered in 1949 to accommodate larger freight cars. During World War I, a plot to blast the tunnel was foiled. A new tunnel has since been opened.

Notable Residents
Leo Anthony, Sr., Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee, dirt-bike champion of the 1930s and 1940's
Thomas Edison - Inventor, entrepreneur (born in Milan, Ohio; later settled in Port Huron) (1854 - 1863)
Obadiah Gardner, US Senator for Maine
Terry McMillan - Award-winning author of Waiting to Exhale, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Colleen Moore, silent movie era actress
Omar D. Conger, U.S. Senator for Michigan
Henry Gordon McMorran, U.S. Representative from Michigan 7th District from 1903 to 1913. (1844-1929)
Sarah Stokes, former member of the Bad Boy Records group, Da Band
Michael Mallory, author

Population (year 2000): 32,338. Estimated population in July 2006: 31,302 (-3.2% change)

Males: 15,379 (47.6%)
Females: 16,959 (52.4%)

St. Clair County

Median resident age: 34.0 years
Michigan median age: 35.5 years

Zip codes: 48060.

Estimated median household income in 2005: $33,600 (it was $31,327 in 2000)

Port Huron $33,600
Michigan: $46,039

Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $105,600 (it was $84,400 in 2000)
Port Huron $105,600
Michigan: $149,300

Ancestries: German (24.4%), Irish (12.6%), English (10.6%), Polish (6.4%), United States (6.3%), French (5.4%).

Elevation: 610 feet

Land area: 8.08 square miles. Population density: 3892 people per square mile (average).

For population 25 years and over in Port Huron

High school or higher: 76.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 11.3%
Graduate or professional degree: 4.3%
Unemployed: 7.7%
Mean travel time to work: 19.4 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Port Huron city

Never married: 29.1%
Now married: 45.4%
Separated: 1.7%
Widowed: 8.7%
Divorced: 15.0%
1,038 residents are foreign born (1.3% North America, 0.9% Europe, 0.6% Asia, 0.3% Latin America).

This city: 3.2%
Michigan: 5.3%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Port Huron: 1.4% ($1,202)
Michigan: 1.3% ($1,461)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Clinton, MI (43.0 miles , pop. 95,648).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Detroit, MI (61.4 miles , pop. 951,270).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (368.7 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Marysville, MI (5.7 miles ), St. Clair, MI (11.5 miles ), Marine City, MI (18.6 miles ), Lexington, MI (21.0 miles ), Emmett, MI (22.4 miles ), Memphis, MI (23.6 miles ), Croswell, MI (23.8 miles ), Richmond, MI (24.8 miles ).

Latitude: 42.98 N, Longitude: 82.44 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +5,862 (+18.1%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 7,336 (51.7%)

Area code: 810

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in 2006: 71 (51 officers).

Officers per 1,000 residents here: 1.62
US city average: 3.00

Hospitals/medical centers in Port Huron:

MERCY HOSPITAL (2601 ELECTRIC AVENUE)
PORT HURON HOSPITAL (1001 KEARNEY STREET)
Other hospitals/medical centers near Port Huron:
ST JOHN RIVER DISTRICT HOSPITAL (about 16 miles; EAST CHINA, MI)
CRITTENTON HOSPITAL (about 18 miles; COLUMBUS, MI)
HARBOR OAKS HOSPITAL (about 32 miles; NEW BALTIMORE, MI)

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Port Huron:
DETROIT CITY (about 56 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DET)
OAKLAND COUNTY INTERNATIONAL (about 72 miles; PONTIAC, MI; ID: PTK)
DETROIT METROPOLITAN WAYNE COUNTY (about 83 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DTW)

Other public-use airports nearest to Port Huron:
ST CLAIR COUNTY INTL (about 8 miles; PORT HURON, MI; ID: PHN)
JOHNSON FIELD (about 11 miles; SMITHS CREEK, MI; ID: 11G)
DAVID'S LANDING (about 16 miles; ST CLAIR, MI; ID: 5Y5)

Amtrak station:
PORT HURON (2223 16TH ST.). Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Local government website: www.porthuron.org

Colleges/Universities in Port Huron:

ST CLAIR COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Full-time enrollment: 2,287; Location: 323 ERIE; Public; Website: www.stclair.cc.mi.us)
BAKER COLLEGE OF PORT HURON (FT enrollment: 883; Location: 3403 LAPEER RD; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.baker.edu)
ROSS MEDICAL EDUCATION CENTER (FT enrollment: 39; Location: 3568 PINE GROVE; Private, for-profit)
PORT HURON HOSPITAL SCHOOL OF RADIOLOGIC TECHN (Location: 1001 KEARNEY; Public)
HAIRACY COLLEGE OF COSMETOLOGY-PORT HURON (Location: 2950 LAPEER RD; Private, for-profit)
Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Port Huron:
MACOMB COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 51 miles; WARREN, MI; Full-time enrollment: 11,057)
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-DETROIT CAMPUS (about 56 miles; TROY, MI; FT enrollment: 2,090)
OAKLAND UNIVERSITY (about 57 miles; ROCHESTER HILLS, MI; FT enrollment: 11,424)
OAKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE-BLOOMFIELD HILLS CAMPUS (about 62 miles; BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI; FT enrollment: 11,634)
LAWRENCE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (about 66 miles; SOUTHFIELD, MI; FT enrollment: 2,479)
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY (about 71 miles; DETROIT, MI; FT enrollment: 20,389)
MARYGROVE COLLEGE (about 71 miles; DETROIT, MI; FT enrollment: 5,301)

Public high schools in Port Huron:

PORT HURON HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,843; Location: 2215 COURT STREET; Grades: 09 - 12)
PORT HURON NORTHERN HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,665; Location: 1799 KRAFFT ROAD; Grades: 09 - 12)
PORT HURON SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 187; Location: 3001 ELECTRIC AVENUE; Grades: 07 - 12)

Biggest public elementary/middle schools in Port Huron:

CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 810; Location: 200 32ND STREET; Grades: 06 - 08)
H.D. CRULL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 778; Location: 2615 HANCOCK STREET; Grades: PK - 05)
CHIPPEWA MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 713; Location: 2800 CHIPPEWA TRAIL; Grades: 06 - 08)
MICHIGAMME ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 591; Location: 2855 MICHIGAN ROAD; Grades: PK - 05)
GARFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 538; Location: 1221 GARFIELD STREET; Grades: PK - 05)
ROOSEVELT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 530; Location: 1112 20TH STREET; Grades: PK - 05)
HOLLAND WOODS MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 524; Location: 1617 HOLLAND AVENUE; Grades: 06 - 08)
WOODROW WILSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 519; Location: 834 CHESTNUT STREET; Grades: PK - 05)
HARRISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 387; Location: 55 15TH STREET; Grades: PK - 05)
CLEVELAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 292; Location: 2801 VANNESS STREET; Grades: PK - 05)

Private elementary/middle schools in Port Huron:

ST MARY ACADEMY (Students: 143; Location: 1429 BALLENTINE; Grades: PK - 5)
TRINITY LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 134; Location: 1517 TENTH STREET; Grades: PK - 8)
MC CORMICK CATHOLIC ACADAMY (Students: 72; Location: 2865 HENRY ST; Grades: 6 - 8)
ST JOSEPH (Students: 58; Location: 1403 SEVENTH ST; Grades: KG - 5)

Library in Port Huron:

SAINT CLAIR COUNTY LIBRARY (Operating income: $4,364,261; Location: 210 MCMORRAN BOULEVARD; 362,237 books; 25,007 audio materials; 17,437 video materials; 684 serial subscriptions)

Average household size:

This city: 2.4 people
Michigan: 2.6 people

Percentage of family households:

This city: 62.1%
Whole state: 68.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:

This city: 7.8%
Whole state: 5.3%

Residents with income below the poverty level in 1999:

This city: 16.9%
Whole state: 10.5%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 1999:

This city: 6.4%
Whole state: 4.8%