Tashmoo Park - Harsens Island MI

Address: Harsens Island
City: Harsens Island
State: MI
Zip: 48028
County: St. Clair
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Harsens Island offered some of the best fishing and hinting ground in the St. Clair Flats. This era gave way to an entertainment growth, which brought about hotels, restaurants and an amusement park. The hotels that lined the river were splendid and magnificent, attracting sportsmen, but also lured many other by the islands charm and remote oasis. Amusement parks located on the island were quite popular. The White Star Line opened Tashmoo Park in 1897, equipped with a casino, dance pavilion, roller rink, recreation center and sports area. In 1899, the Line built the Tashmoo, a majestic 306-foot steam ship. If was the largest paddle-wheeled steamer on the lakes and could transport and accommodate 3500 passengers.

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Info Updates:
12/27/2013 - Bernard Licata
More information and artifacts from the good old days on Harsens Island and the Flats is available at the Harsens Island St. Clair Flats Historical Society Museum. The Museum is located in Sans Souci on South Channel Drive and Williams Street. Admission is FREE. If you are interested in visiting the Museum or have artifacts from the good old days, and are considering donating them, you will find directions and may contact The Society via our website at: www. hiscfhs. org. In July 2013, The Society sponsored and event called TASHMOO DAYS to commemorate the activities that occurred here a century ago. The Society is planning a similar event for 2014. on Saturday July 19. Check our website in April or Google 'Tashmoo Days Harsens Island' for more information on last years event. The Island is a great 'Day Trip', there are Bed & Breakfast accommodations, great food at the historic Schoolhouse Grille or the Sans Souci Bar where you sit within 100 yards of he passing lake land ocean freighters. (This is the narrowest part of the channel and they are very close. ) Brown Field, a large park, is close to the ferry landing and the pavilion is available for private party rental. We look forward to your visit. Best regards, Bernard Licata President Harsens Island St. Clair Flats Historical Society.
4/29/2005 - JJ Hile
There were many hotels that were on the Island and Flats. Only two of the main hotels are still standing. One is the old Forester or Gus Troutz hotel and the second is the Mervue, which is now the Idle Hour Club. I know of two houses that were hotels at one time that are still homes. The closest hotel to Tashmoo was called by many names, Lemke, Franks and Island Hotel. This one burned in the 1950s. The willow trees that were near it are still there though, just upriver from the park entrance.
1/18/2004 - WaterWinterWonderland
A recent trip out to Harsens Island revealed that there are a few remnants of the old amusement park still present. In particular, it appears the shell of the old dance hall is now being used in Tashmoo Marina. There were also numerous other structures on the premises that appeared to date from that time. I would be interesting to know where the hotels were, apparently there were several at one time, but I did not see any obvious candidates amongst the buildings and structures on the island. Seeing how beautiful the island is today reminds one of how great a location it must have been for an amusement park and resort destination.
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Tashmoo Park - The Landing Then (newer photo)
The Landing Then (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - The Steamer (newer photo)
The Steamer (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - The Park Then (newer photo)
The Park Then (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - The Landing Then (newer photo)
The Landing Then (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - The Dance Pavillion Then (newer photo)
The Dance Pavillion Then (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - The Dock (newer photo)
The Dock (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - The Island (newer photo)
The Island (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - The Landing Then (newer photo)
The Landing Then (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Old Advert (newer photo)
Old Advert (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Luggage Tag (newer photo)
Luggage Tag (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Ferry Entrance (newer photo)
Ferry Entrance (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Ferry Ride (newer photo)
Ferry Ride (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Dance Pavillion Now (newer photo)
Dance Pavillion Now (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Dance Pavillion Now (newer photo)
Dance Pavillion Now (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Vintage Photo (newer photo)
Vintage Photo (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Dance Pavillion Now (newer photo)
Dance Pavillion Now (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Marina Entrance Now (newer photo)
Marina Entrance Now (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Possible Remnats (newer photo)
Possible Remnats (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Possible Remnats (newer photo)
Possible Remnats (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Marina Building Now (newer photo)
Marina Building Now (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Marina Entrance Now (newer photo)
Marina Entrance Now (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Boat Landing Now (newer photo)
Boat Landing Now (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Vintage Standard Sign (newer photo)
Vintage Standard Sign (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Island Airport (newer photo)
Island Airport (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Ferry Entrance On Island (newer photo)
Ferry Entrance On Island (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - San Souci Harsens Island (newer photo)
San Souci Harsens Island (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - 2 Bucks Round Trip On The Steamer July 23 1943 (newer photo)
2 Bucks Round Trip On The Steamer July 23 1943 (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Ad From June 25 1950 (newer photo)
Ad From June 25 1950 (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Argument About A Saloon In The News July 29 1909 (newer photo)
Argument About A Saloon In The News July 29 1909 (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Article On Marina Aug 20 1962 (newer photo)
Article On Marina Aug 20 1962 (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Carousel Ponies Are Sold Oct 19 1990 (newer photo)
Carousel Ponies Are Sold Oct 19 1990 (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Ferry Company Setting Up April 24 1929 (newer photo)
Ferry Company Setting Up April 24 1929 (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Great Article On The Park July 3 1997 (newer photo)
Great Article On The Park July 3 1997 (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - June 1956 Article (newer photo)
June 1956 Article (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Plan A Picnic Ad July 16 1927 (newer photo)
Plan A Picnic Ad July 16 1927 (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - Steamer Put-In-Bay With Finzels Orchestra June 3 1940 (newer photo)
Steamer Put-In-Bay With Finzels Orchestra June 3 1940 (newer photo)
Tashmoo Park - They Even Had Bass Fishing July 14 1923 (newer photo)
They Even Had Bass Fishing July 14 1923 (newer photo)
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