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Union Pier

The Village of Union Pier, Michigan 49129

Photo courtesy Silas McGuffers

Union Pier, 4 miles north of New Buffalo, is a major destination for family vacations, with a wide variety of lodging choices — quaint Bed & Breakfasts, grand old resorts, vintage cottages and modern homes. Fine dining and casual eateries are walking distance to most lodging facilities. Union Pier’s corner store and ice cream parlor compliment the art galleries and other businesses located along Red Arrow Highway.

 

History

Union Pier was founded on an ethic of hard work without visions of a port to rival Chicago as was Wessel Whittaker’s notion in New Buffalo. There was nature’s bounty to be harvested here. Tree trunks measured five feet and more in diameter. Trees rose 60 feet to the lowest branches. Squirrels, we are assured ran through the community without ever touching the ground.
There clearly was no Sears Tower to be seen on the horizon across the Lake, but everyone in what is now Union Pier understood that timber was the fuel, which would fire the growth of Chicago. Boards could be bucks. John Gowdy arrived from New York and bought all the timberland he could afford. He brought in additional partners who understood that it was necessary to ship Union Pier’s bounty to Chicago. And so, a group of men built a “Pier” in Union” at the foot of Berrien Street. It was constructed as a 600-foot edifice jutting into Lake Michigan. A 130-ton schooner was built on the adjacent beach.

Soon there were brick tool handle factories sending their wares to Chicago and beyond. The Chicago Fire of 1871 only increased the demand for Union Pier’s natural bounty. But, Chicago was rebuilt, Union Pier’s pier washed away and a new economy had to be established.  The leveled forests soon became orchards and farms. Lumbermen became fishermen and shipped their new harvest to Chicago. During the spawning season, residents would gather on the beach to spear Sturgeon of a hundred pounds. In the 1900’s, tourism replaced timber, bricks and fishing as Union Pier’s major Industry. Union Pier became the United Nations of tourism.

As the emerging popularity of rail travel began to import visitors from neighboring counties and states, the Pere Marquette Rail Road established a rail stop in Union Pier, with its own station. These early travelers were, as today, fond of the appealing lakeshore town, hosted by many long gone boarding houses and resorts that dotted the pristine Lake Michigan shoreline. Eastern Europeans, African Americans and Jewish vacationers all established homes and resorts in the community. Olympian Jesse Owens had a home here. Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak, ultimately the victim of an assassin’s bullet, brought guests to his summer home by yacht.

John Dillinger even stopped for gas at the Prusa Resort service station, which is now the Wine Sellers at Miller’s Country House. The Prusa kids, who manned the gas tanks, told stories about Dillinger not allowing anyone to check the engine compartment where he stored his weapons on racks. Al Capone was also known to have had homes in the area. He’d play an occasional game of cards with his buddies at the Lakeside Inn and may have had a lady along for luck. But really, it’s the sunsets over the lake that gets us all. Even the early lumbermen would have agreed–they had a bounty of nature to offer Chicago.

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Union Pier is split between two governing bodies: New Buffalo Township and Chikaming Township

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A Cottage East of Eden

16020 Lakeshore Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (513) 697-7766
Region: Union Pier
A Cottage East of Eden is an impeccable cottage beach house, 1 BR (sleeps 4), 1 1/2 blocks from private Lake Michigan More

16020 Lakeshore Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States

Phone: (513) 697-7766
Web site: http://www.eastofedenatunionpier.com
E-Mail Address: terinorris@cinci.rr.com
Region: Union Pier

A Cottage East of Eden is an impeccable cottage beach house, 1 BR (sleeps 4), 1 1/2 blocks from private Lake Michigan

Always There Cottage Care

9737 Union Pier Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 612-7358
Region: Union Pier
Trust the care of your cottage or second home to experienced professionals. Reliable house inspections checkin More

9737 Union Pier Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States

Phone: (269) 612-7358
Web site: http://www.alwaystherecottagecare.com
E-Mail Address: scanlanbetty@gmail.com
Region: Union Pier

Trust the care of your cottage or second home to experienced professionals. Reliable house inspections checkin

Aqua Vacation Rentals

PO Box 138
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 588-9600
Region: Union Pier
Aqua Vacation Rentals - Offering vacation rental homes and second home services in Harbor Country.Enjoy our vacation hom ... More

PO Box 138
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States

Phone: (269) 588-9600
Web site: http://www.aquavacationrentals.com
E-Mail Address: tonya@aquavacationrentals.com
Region: Union Pier

Aqua Vacation Rentals - Offering vacation rental homes and second home services in Harbor Country.Enjoy our vacation hom ...

Beachfront Cottage

9627 Streed Ct
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 469-0341
Region: Union Pier
Beautiful two bedroom, one bath beachfront cottage overlooking Lake Michigan, the perfect summer or fall get away. View ... More

9627 Streed Ct
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States

Phone: (269) 469-0341
E-Mail Address: alannimmer@comcast.net
Region: Union Pier

Beautiful two bedroom, one bath beachfront cottage overlooking Lake Michigan, the perfect summer or fall get away. View ...

Blue Plate Cafe

15288 Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 469-2370
Region: Union Pier
Blue Plate writes their own recipes and makes everything from scratch. Organic and locally grown ingredients are used wh ... More

15288 Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States

Phone: (269) 469-2370
Web site: http://www.blueplatemichigan.com
E-Mail Address: blueplatecafe@hotmail.com
Region: Union Pier

Blue Plate writes their own recipes and makes everything from scratch. Organic and locally grown ingredients are used wh ...

Bluefish Guest House & Cottage

16070 Lakeshore Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 469-0468
Region: Union Pier
The 5 bedroom BluefishGuest House and the 1 bedroom Cottageis theperfect place for family gatherings, More

16070 Lakeshore Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States

Phone: (269) 469-0468
Web site: http://www.bluefishvacations.com
E-Mail Address: info@bluefishvacations.com
Region: Union Pier

The 5 bedroom BluefishGuest House and the 1 bedroom Cottageis theperfect place for family gatherings,

Bluefish Vacation Rentals

10234 Community Hall Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 469-0468
Region: Union Pier
Vacation Rentals exclusive to Harbor Country -From smaller Cottages and Condos, to beautiful rental homes of al ... More

10234 Community Hall Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States

Phone: (269) 469-0468
Web site: http://www.bluefishvacations.com
E-Mail Address: john@bluefishvacations.com
Region: Union Pier

Vacation Rentals exclusive to Harbor Country -From smaller Cottages and Condos, to beautiful rental homes of al ...

Casa Blanca

15755 Lakeshore Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (847) 909-9300
Region: Union Pier
Two luxury vacation homes located in the heart of Harbor Country. Relaxing and romantic beautifully landscaped grounds, ... More

15755 Lakeshore Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States

Phone: (847) 909-9300
Web site: http://www.harbor-country.com
E-Mail Address: fjb@yahoo.com
Region: Union Pier

Two luxury vacation homes located in the heart of Harbor Country. Relaxing and romantic beautifully landscaped grounds, ...

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

10 N Whittaker St
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States
Phone: (269) 469-3950
Region: Union Pier
The right resource for all your real estate needs. Serving Harbor Country and surrounding Berrien County More

10 N Whittaker St
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States

Phone: (269) 469-3950
Web site: http://www.coldwellbankeronline.com
E-Mail Address: taylor.lindstrom@cbexchange.com
Region: Union Pier

The right resource for all your real estate needs. Serving Harbor Country and surrounding Berrien County

Debra R Wagner

Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Region: Union Pier

Union Pier, MI 49129
United States

Region: Union Pier

Elephant Walk Cottages

9679 Greenwood
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (630) 205-1270
Region: Union Pier
Main house sleeps 12, 5 other cottages on same property. Ideal for groups, reunions or an intmate escape. More

9679 Greenwood
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States

Phone: (630) 205-1270
Web site: http://elephantwalkcottages.com
E-Mail Address: elephantwalkcottages@yahoo.com
Region: Union Pier

Main house sleeps 12, 5 other cottages on same property. Ideal for groups, reunions or an intmate escape.

Firefly Resort

15657 Lakeshore Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 469-0245 (269) 462-1429
Region: Union Pier
Perfect place for romantic weekend getaways, family reunions, intimate weddings!Eighteen charming one and More

15657 Lakeshore Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States

Phone: (269) 469-0245
(269) 462-1429
Web site: http://www.fireflyresort.com/
E-Mail Address: rhondahot@hotmail.com
Region: Union Pier

Perfect place for romantic weekend getaways, family reunions, intimate weddings!Eighteen charming one and

First American Title Ins, Co

16170 Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 469-5851 (866) 512-1327
Region: Union Pier
Providing comprehensive title insurance,
closing/settlement, property data, and
technology solutions. First American ser ... More

16170 Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States

Phone: (269) 469-5851
(866) 512-1327
Web site: http://www.firstam.com
E-Mail Address: mcouitcher@firstam.com
Region: Union Pier

Providing comprehensive title insurance, closing/settlement, property data, and technology solutions. First American ser ...

Frankie's Place

16036 Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 469-9865
Region: Union Pier
Frankies Place is located in the heart of Union Pier, just minutes from downtown New Buffalo. Between our renowned dinin ... More

16036 Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States

Phone: (269) 469-9865
Web site: http://www.frankiesotherplace.net/
E-Mail Address: frankiesotherplace@gmail.com
Region: Union Pier

Frankies Place is located in the heart of Union Pier, just minutes from downtown New Buffalo. Between our renowned dinin ...

Garden Grove Bed & Breakfast

9549 Union Pier Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (800) 613-2872 (269) 469-6346
Region: Union Pier
The Carriage House at Garden Grove is one of Harbor Countrys newest romantic getaways. It offers spacious rooms More

9549 Union Pier Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States

Phone: (800) 613-2872
(269) 469-6346
Web site: http://www.gardengrove.net
E-Mail Address: gardengrove@comcast.net
Region: Union Pier

The Carriage House at Garden Grove is one of Harbor Countrys newest romantic getaways. It offers spacious rooms

George Lucas, RE/MAX Harbor Country

10234 Community Hall Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 469-5635
Region: Union Pier
Considering purchasing of real estate in Michigans Harbor Country? Work with a Realtor who has a lifetime commitment to ... More

10234 Community Hall Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States

Phone: (269) 469-5635
Web site: http://www.lucas-realestate.com
E-Mail Address: George@george-lucas.net
Region: Union Pier

Considering purchasing of real estate in Michigans Harbor Country? Work with a Realtor who has a lifetime commitment to ...

Gino Properties/Parkview Apartments

PO Box 513
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 469-1364
Region: Union Pier
Apartments for rent. Year round rentals. Annual rentals. More

PO Box 513
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States

Phone: (269) 469-1364
E-Mail Address: ngino@sbcglobal.net
Region: Union Pier

Apartments for rent. Year round rentals. Annual rentals.

Gintaras Resort on the Lake

15860 Lakeshore Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 469-3298
Region: Union Pier
Overlooking private Lake Michigan beach. One two bedroom cottages/6 and 9 bedroom houses, ten More

15860 Lakeshore Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States

Phone: (269) 469-3298
Web site: http://www.gintarasresort.com
E-Mail Address: gintarasonthelake@gmail.com
Region: Union Pier

Overlooking private Lake Michigan beach. One two bedroom cottages/6 and 9 bedroom houses, ten

Goldberry Woods

9902 Community Hall Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 469-9800
Region: Union Pier
Eight newly renovated rooms feature artisan-built queen beds, double Jacuzzis, fireplaces, TV/DV. More

9902 Community Hall Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States

Phone: (269) 469-9800
Web site: http://www.goldberrywoods.com
E-Mail Address: info@goldberrywoods.com
Region: Union Pier

Eight newly renovated rooms feature artisan-built queen beds, double Jacuzzis, fireplaces, TV/DV.

Gordon Beach Inn

16220 Lakeshore Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 469-0800
Region: Union Pier
A 20 room rustic historichotel located just two blocks from our private Lake Michigan beach in a beautif More

16220 Lakeshore Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States

Phone: (269) 469-0800
Web site: http://www.gordonbeachinn.com/
E-Mail Address: manager@lakesideinns.com
Region: Union Pier

A 20 room rustic historichotel located just two blocks from our private Lake Michigan beach in a beautif

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