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The American city of Muskegon in Michigan is triangulated by Lake Michigan in the west, Muskegon Lake to the north and the Muskegon Lake to the northeast. It is home to a stunning combination of beaches, forests, bike and ski trails, historical sites and open air venues for cultural festivals. It is a prominent port in across the Great Lakes that revels across its superlative maritime attractions- a distinction amplified by the presence of USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, USS Silversides Submarine Museum and the SS Milwaukee Clipper. Also of note are some historical museums like Muskegon Museum of Art, and the Hackley & Hume Historic Site (related to the city’s once thriving lumbar business), Muskegon Heritage Museum (related to the city’s varied industrial past) and the Lakeshore Museum Center (for its kaleidoscopic view of the city’s evolution through last ten millenniums).
The Muskegon Heritage Museum is your go-to point to see some of the best and most notable automotive engines related to the city’s industrial past. Its first collection was a late 19th century Corliss Valve 90 hp steam engine that used to provide electricity to a power plant during 1893 to 1920. It is seconded by a still-operational hundred year old printing machine and a 12 cylinder air-cooled Patton Battle Tank engine made during the Second World War. You should also note the gallery called ‘Made in Muskegon’ that depicts manufactured items that have been manufactured in the city ever since 1850.
USS Silversides Submarine Museum
USS Silversides is a Second World War submarine and first ship of the United States Navy that was decorated with twelve Battle Stars and one Presidential Unit Citation during the Second World War. It had sunk 23 hostile ships and was the third-most of any allied World War II submarine. It was later turned into a naval history museum and now offers valuable insights into its glorious history and Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles.Historic sites
The Lakeshore Museum Center in Muskegon offers exhibits about the natural and cultural history of Muskegon. It is best known for the Hackley and Hume Historic Site, and the Fire Barn Museum.
a.) The Hackley and Hume Historic Site
This composite site includes the Queen Anne style Victorian homes of two famous lumbar merchants Hackley and Hume. The former portrays prevalent examples of Victorian architecture and interior decorative arts of 1890s while the latter is characterized by a large dining room with geometric tile flooring and a sleeping porch with a metal floor dating back to 1920 AD.
b.) The Fire Barn Museum
Regardless of whether you are resilient to the ultra-pervasive dread of a raging fire, the Fire Barn Museum makes a compelling case for itself with its intriguing collection of firefighting equipment that date back to the 1880s. Some highlights here are a 1976 replica of the Hackley Hose Company #2 (a fire fighting station) and the quarters where the firefighters used to go to sleep.