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New Buffalo

New Buffalo, Michigan 49117

New Buffalo Michigan is the largest of the eight SW Michigan communities that make up Harbor Country. The State of Michigan’s Travel Center is located on Interstate 94 in New Buffalo, serving as the Gateway to Michigan. It is also home to the Four Winds Casino and southwest Michigan’s only Hard Rock Cafe.

New Buffalo’s central business district includes boutique hotels, fine dining restaurants and casual eateries, and numerous retail shops, as well as the Amtrak station, with six trains daily from Chicago to Pontiac and Port Huron.

At the base of Whittaker Street is the public beach, lake and riverside parks, boat launch and transient marina. New Buffalo’s harbor boasts the largest number of slips on the sunset coast at more than 1,100.

New Buffalo History

Wessel Whittaker was having a miserable day. Bound for Chicago out of Buffalo NY, Wessel and his crew aboard the schooner Post Boy thought the end might be near. A savage November storm in 1834 grabbed control of their vessel and hurled it onto the Lake Michigan shore. Aground, and breaking up, the Post Boy was lost. But Wessel and his crew managed to struggle ashore near the current village of Grand Beach. The New Yorkers, en route to St. Joseph to report the loss of their ship, came upon a harbor, which Whittaker was certain could rival the port of Chicago. Captain Whittaker determined that he would return to the scene of his calamity and found his “New” Buffalo. Our courageous Captain, of course, wasn’t the first visitor to New Buffalo. The Miami, Iroquois and Pottawatomi Indians all fought for control of the area. The Indians, and the game and fish they cherished, also attracted French traders and missionaries. But it was our Captain who first made New Buffalo into a permanent community.

Whittaker, along with friends and relatives, returned in 1835 and began to develop and promote their dream. Sawmills were constructed and log buildings for every purpose were built. More settlers arrived from New York and the South, with not dreams, but expectations of riches to be harvested here. Soon these pioneers learned the value of tourists. Land travelers between Detroit and Chicago meandered through New Buffalo and spent their tourist dollars here. But in the late 1840’s, the Michigan Central Railroad Company completed the stretch of track between Niles and New Buffalo, making New Buffalo the end of the railroad line for travelers between Detroit and Chicago. An unprecedented scale of tourism quickly reshaped the town’s character. Hotels, restaurants, and numerous saloons, selling whiskey at five cents a pint, were established.

The population grew as railroad and hospitality workers moved to New Buffalo. Visitor’s wallets were lightened and the town flourished. When the rail line from New Buffalo to Chicago was completed in the 1850’s, however, tourism declined as our former guests merely waved as their trains passed through town.

Although the railroad continued to contribute to the local economy, it was not until the 1900’s and the age of the automobile that New Buffalo re-established its link to tourism. In 1934 the State recognized New Buffalo as “The Gateway to Michigan” and built a tourist information center here, at a time when US 12 was the main southwest Michigan artery, intersecting with the final cross-state destination for the historical Red Arrow Highway. With the advent of the Interstate system, I-94 has now paralleled the Red Arrow route. The current Michigan Welcome Center on I-94 at New Buffalo is the busiest in Michigan.

Local contractor Paul Oselka’s may have matched Wessel Whittaker’s vision of New Buffalo’s harbor. He began dredging the harbor and the channel leading to it in the 1960’s. By 1975, New Buffalo’s safe harbor became a reality and the new Whittaker Street bridge was dedicated. Not quite a port to equal Chicago’s, but Wessel’s harbor was finally complete.

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The City of New Buffalo is governed by a City Council, which employs a City Manager.

New Buffalo Township governs areas outside the New Buffalo City limits as well as the Villages of Grand Beach and Michiana.

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A Clean Getaway

16678 Red Arrow Hwy
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States
Phone: (269) 612-0161
Region: New Buffalo
Offering residential, commercial, construction and vacation rental cleaning in the Harbor Country Area. Insured, uniform ... More

16678 Red Arrow Hwy
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States

Phone: (269) 612-0161
E-Mail Address: vanessa@dunegrassvacationrentals.com
Region: New Buffalo

Offering residential, commercial, construction and vacation rental cleaning in the Harbor Country Area. Insured, uniform ...

A Cut Above

305 W Buffalo St.
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States
Phone: (269) 469-2699
Region: New Buffalo
Our personable stylists perform men and womens haircuts, color, highlights, blow outs and conditioning treatments. The s ... More

305 W Buffalo St.
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States

Phone: (269) 469-2699
E-Mail Address: kepp6972@comcast.net
Region: New Buffalo

Our personable stylists perform men and womens haircuts, color, highlights, blow outs and conditioning treatments. The s ...

Adelaide

21 E Buffalo St
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States
Phone: (269) 231-5155
Region: New Buffalo
Adelaide is an upscale womans clothing store specializing in European Designer Fashion. Adelaide handpicks each of the s ... More

21 E Buffalo St
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States

Phone: (269) 231-5155
Web site: http://www.adelaideusa.com
E-Mail Address: adelaideusa@aol.com
Region: New Buffalo

Adelaide is an upscale womans clothing store specializing in European Designer Fashion. Adelaide handpicks each of the s ...

Air Right Technologies

10168 W US HWY 12
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States
Phone: (269) 469-5500
Region: New Buffalo
Air Right Technologies, INC has been serving Southwest Michigan as a licensed heating and air conditioning contractor si ... More

10168 W US HWY 12
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States

Phone: (269) 469-5500
E-Mail Address: airrighttech@gmail.com
Region: New Buffalo

Air Right Technologies, INC has been serving Southwest Michigan as a licensed heating and air conditioning contractor si ...

American Hellenic Center/Formal Fork

17760 Behner Rd
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States
Phone: (269) 313-6122
Region: New Buffalo
At The Formal Fork, we pride ourselves in our excellent food and friendly service. We have a strong background in the fo ... More

17760 Behner Rd
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States

Phone: (269) 313-6122
Web site: http://www.formalfork.com
E-Mail Address: will@formalfork.com
Region: New Buffalo

At The Formal Fork, we pride ourselves in our excellent food and friendly service. We have a strong background in the fo ...

Angella Braden German - Coldwell Banker

10 N. Whittaker St.
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States
Phone: (269) 266-2262 (269) 469-3950
Region: New Buffalo
As a New Buffalo native with 15+ years of real estate experience, I am the local expert you can trust. I bring a wealth ... More

10 N. Whittaker St.
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States

Phone: (269) 266-2262
(269) 469-3950
Web site: http://angellagerman.cbintouch.com/
E-Mail Address: angella.german@cbexchange.com
Region: New Buffalo

As a New Buffalo native with 15+ years of real estate experience, I am the local expert you can trust. I bring a wealth ...

Art & Image of Harbor Country

529 E. Buffalo St
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States
Phone: (269) 469-2080
Region: New Buffalo
Art Image of Harbor Country is a custom sign and graphics shop for all your banner, signs, and vehicle lettering needs. ... More

529 E. Buffalo St
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States

Phone: (269) 469-2080
Web site: http://www.artandimage.com
E-Mail Address: kmiller@artandimage.com
Region: New Buffalo

Art Image of Harbor Country is a custom sign and graphics shop for all your banner, signs, and vehicle lettering needs. ...

At Properties - @properties

225 N Whittaker St
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States
Phone: (269) 469-0700
Region: New Buffalo
@properties offers Harbor Country residents dynamic marketing and advertising solutions, sophisticated technology and a ... More

225 N Whittaker St
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States

Phone: (269) 469-0700
Web site: http://www.atproperties.com
E-Mail Address: mikegolden@atproperties.com
Region: New Buffalo

@properties offers Harbor Country residents dynamic marketing and advertising solutions, sophisticated technology and a ...

At Your Service

18853 W. US Hwy 12
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States
Phone: (269) 358-8159 (312) 907-9346
Region: New Buffalo
At Your Service is a company of craftsmen with more than30 years of general contracting experience, bothresidential and ... More

18853 W. US Hwy 12
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States

Phone: (269) 358-8159
(312) 907-9346
Web site: http://atyourservice.builders
E-Mail Address: stoneagle@mac.com
Region: New Buffalo

At Your Service is a company of craftsmen with more than30 years of general contracting experience, bothresidential and ...

Barney's Market

10 N Thompson St
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States
Phone: (269) 469-1210 (219) 879-3357
Region: New Buffalo
Barneys Market. A full service supermarket focusing on fresh food and customer service. Barneys has a great meat counter ... More

10 N Thompson St
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States

Phone: (269) 469-1210
(219) 879-3357
Web site: http://barneysnb.com/
E-Mail Address: accountspay@alssupermarkets.com
Region: New Buffalo

Barneys Market. A full service supermarket focusing on fresh food and customer service. Barneys has a great meat counter ...

Barton Street Bungalow

21 S Barton
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States
Phone: (312) 371-6454
Region: New Buffalo
Charming 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath bungalow in New Buffalo. Great family and friends vacation rental, 3 blocks to the beach. More

21 S Barton
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States

Phone: (312) 371-6454
Web site: https://www.vrbo.com/893081
E-Mail Address: lorene_dorazio@yahoo.com
Region: New Buffalo

Charming 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath bungalow in New Buffalo. Great family and friends vacation rental, 3 blocks to the beach.

Baymont Inn & Suites

18800 La Porte Rd
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States
Phone: (888) 424-0295
Region: New Buffalo
Under new ownership and newly remodeled. Non-Smoking Hotel Near Four Winds Casino and New Buffalo City Beach With Indoor ... More

18800 La Porte Rd
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States

Phone: (888) 424-0295
Web site: http://www.baymontinns.com
E-Mail Address: baymontinnnewbuffalo@gmail.com
Region: New Buffalo

Under new ownership and newly remodeled. Non-Smoking Hotel Near Four Winds Casino and New Buffalo City Beach With Indoor ...

Beachside Scoops

225 N Whittaker
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States
Phone: (269) 231-5186
Region: New Buffalo
A full service ice cream parlor located near the beach in New Buffalo. Featuring Hersheys brand ice cream, frozen yogurt ... More

225 N Whittaker
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States

Phone: (269) 231-5186
Web site: http://www.beachsidescoops.com
E-Mail Address: droch1@comcast.net
Region: New Buffalo

A full service ice cream parlor located near the beach in New Buffalo. Featuring Hersheys brand ice cream, frozen yogurt ...

Beachtails, LLC

39 S Whittaker
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States
Phone: (269) 231-5104
Region: New Buffalo
Come visit Beachtails, an eco-friendly shop for all of your dog and cat needs. We strive to carry foods and treats that More

39 S Whittaker
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States

Phone: (269) 231-5104
Web site: http://www.beachtailsdog.com
E-Mail Address: mzoey323@gmail.com
Region: New Buffalo

Come visit Beachtails, an eco-friendly shop for all of your dog and cat needs. We strive to carry foods and treats that

Bentwood Tavern

600 W Water St
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States
Phone: (269) 469-1699
Region: New Buffalo
Chef Jenny Drilons sophisticated spin on pub fare, responsibly sourced and beautifully prepare More

600 W Water St
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States

Phone: (269) 469-1699
Web site: http://www.bentwoodtavern.com
E-Mail Address: marketing@toasthotelgroup.com
Region: New Buffalo

Chef Jenny Drilons sophisticated spin on pub fare, responsibly sourced and beautifully prepare

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Koenig Rubloff Group

30 W Buffalo
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States
Phone: (269) 469-8300
Region: New Buffalo
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Koenig Rubloff Realty Group is passionate about what they do and continue More

30 W Buffalo
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States

Phone: (269) 469-8300
Web site: http://www.koenigrubloff.com
E-Mail Address: dcamp@KoenigRubloff.com
Region: New Buffalo

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Koenig Rubloff Realty Group is passionate about what they do and continue

Berrien County Greek Orthodox Church

18000 Behner Rd
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States
Phone: (269) 469-0081
Region: New Buffalo
Everyone is invited to worship with us and praise God the Orthodox way. When we come together as a loving community on S ... More

18000 Behner Rd
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States

Phone: (269) 469-0081
Web site: http://www.aapgoc.mi.goarch.org/
E-Mail Address: kerhoulasinsurance@gmail.com
Region: New Buffalo

Everyone is invited to worship with us and praise God the Orthodox way. When we come together as a loving community on S ...

Bert Solski, Coldwell Banker

10 N. Whittaker Street
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States
Phone: (708) 508-3244 (269) 469-3950
Region: New Buffalo
Bert Solskiis one of southwest Michigans newest Realtors.Ive always had a very simple business philosophy....great custo ... More

10 N. Whittaker Street
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States

Phone: (708) 508-3244
(269) 469-3950
Web site: http://www.bertsolski.cbintouch.com
E-Mail Address: bert.solski@cbexchange.com
Region: New Buffalo

Bert Solskiis one of southwest Michigans newest Realtors.Ive always had a very simple business philosophy....great custo ...

Betty Biernacki, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Koenig Rubloff Realty

30 W Buffalo
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States
Phone: (269) 470-7832 (269) 469-8300
Region: New Buffalo
Bettyhas specialized in customer service for over 30 years and understands her cllients needs. Shehas had connections wi ... More

30 W Buffalo
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States

Phone: (269) 470-7832
(269) 469-8300
Web site: http://bettybiernacki.koenigrubloff.com/
E-Mail Address: betty_b@comcast.net
Region: New Buffalo

Bettyhas specialized in customer service for over 30 years and understands her cllients needs. Shehas had connections wi ...

Brewster's Italian Cafe

11 W Merchant Street
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States
Phone: (269) 469-3005
Region: New Buffalo
Brewsters Italian Caf, located in downtown New Buffalo, recreates a quaint Italian street caf. Cooking with a wide varie ... More

11 W Merchant Street
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States

Phone: (269) 469-3005
Web site: http://www.brewstersItalianCafe.com
E-Mail Address: mmc629@sbcglobal.net
Region: New Buffalo

Brewsters Italian Caf, located in downtown New Buffalo, recreates a quaint Italian street caf. Cooking with a wide varie ...

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