Neighborhood Profiles

Grand Beach & Michiana

Grand Beach & Michiana

Both of these lakeshore communities near the Indiana/Michigan state line were originally developed as resorts. Michiana Shores was land bought on speculation along the Michigan Central Railroad, and actually bridges the state line. The community’s famous landmark was a huge … Details

Lakeside & Harbert

Lakeside & Harbert

The side-by-side Chikaming Township villages of Harbert and Lakeside, both located along Harbor Country’s famous Red Arrow Highway, grew out of the railroad expansion into the area, bringing summer tourism from Chicago further into the forests and orchards of Berrien County. … Details

New Buffalo

New Buffalo

Since even before Captain Wessel Whittaker’s vessel was run aground near what is now New Buffalo in 1834, the area’s protected harbor and sandy beaches had attracted admiring visitors. But it was Whittaker who envisioned a port city to rival Chicago and his native Buffalo, … Details

Sawyer

Sawyer

Founded by a former Ohio judge, Silas Sawyer, in the 1850s, the area was first cleared for timber sales and then cleared for fruit orchards. At the northern end of Sawyer’s lakeshore is Warren Dunes State Park, where sand dunes rise over one hundred feet into the sky in … Details

Three Oaks & Buchanan

Three Oaks & Buchanan

Two towns that were born of their proximity to easy shipping of industrial goods—Three Oaks to the Michigan Central Railroad, and Buchanan to the busy interstate St. Joseph River. Three Oaks grew into a bustling town around the Featherbone, a corset and buggy whip … Details

Union Pier

Union Pier

Although the 600 foot long pier, built in the 1870’s and named for the victorious Union Army after the Civil War, no longer exists, there is still access in plenty to the lovely sandy beaches of Lake Michigan which first drew the timber investors which founded Union Pier. … Details