Interesting Facts

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What did the steamer GREAT WESTERN delivered to Racine in June of 1844?
The Racine Advocate reported on Wednesday June 14, 1842 that the steamer GREAT WESTERN delivered to Racine the pile driving machinery that was to be used for driving the harbor pier piles.

What was the name of the first steamer to cross over the sand bar and enter the Root River?
On July 26, 1843, the Racine Advocate reported that the Thursday before (July 20th) the steamer TROWBRIDGE crossed over the sand bar and came into tne Root River. This was the first steamer to enter the Root River. The North pier building was in progress but not used. no dredging had taken place yet.

What was the first vessel to land at the new North pier?
On August 23, 1843, the Racine Advocate reported that the propeller driven SAMPSON was the first vessel to land at the new North pier which was still under construction. Construction of the South pier had not been started yet.

When was work on the North pier completed?
On October 4, 1843, the Racine Advocate reported that work on the North pier had been completed, and work on the South pier was to be started next.

When did dredging of the Racine harbor take place?
On June 25, 1844 the Racine Advocate reported that the Chicago dredge was now assembled and clearing the harbor channel.

What was the first steamer to enter the harbor of Racine?
On July 16, 1844 The Racine Advocate reported that the first steamer to enter the "harbor" of Racine, and the first steamer to enter a MAN MADE harbor in Wisconsin was the CHESAPEAKE.