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. There are four public access points to the village’s broad beaches, all open to local residents.

Soon after the turn of the 20th Century, Union Pier’s cottage neighborhoods sprang up around a broad range of tight-knit ethnic communities, coming to enjoy the sun and surf and escape the city’s heat. Several grand old inns were built to house the tourist trade that swiftly overtook the timber industry as the area’s primary economic interest—many of which have been restored to their former glory, and still operate today. Located just off of Harbor Country’s famous Red Arrow Highway, Union Pier still offers a strong and friendly community atmosphere, a centralized downtown, and a variety of excellent dining opportunities.

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