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Old Posted Apr 20, 2008, 4:22 AM
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Arrow Port Huron, Michigan

Port Huron, MI

Port Huron lies at the base of Lake Huron, across the St. Clair River from Sarnia, Ontario. Port Huron is the principal city in its
little corner of Michigan and features a number of well kept, and spectacular, Victorian houses as well as several interesting
office buildings, both old and new.







































Sarnia and Port Huron are connected by the Bluewater Bridge...

...but the Sombra Ferry (a little downstream) is my preferred method of crossing the river:

Looking across the St. Clair River at Downtown Sarnia (link: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=146875)

Sarnia's skyline:

The Chemical Valley across the river in Canada:




















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Old Posted Apr 20, 2008, 4:31 AM
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very colourful sunsplashed photos, flar...

would you say that Port Huron and Sarnia form a bi-national metropolis? Are they twin cities... or is one dominant? Which one is more vibrant?
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Old Posted Apr 20, 2008, 4:40 AM
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Good question Evergrey, I think Port Huron punches above its weight in terms of nice buildings, it's not a very big city (Sarnia is actually twice the size). Sarnia is a major petrochemical centre, Port Huron has a mix of industrial and white collar jobs. Neither is particularly vibrant, but Port Huron looks nicer and probably has more tourism. Sarnia's downtown has been quite depressed but is starting to come back. There will be a lot more people around Port Huron when boating season is in full swing. It's not big enough to be a metropolis, but there are a lot of cross border interactions along the entire St. Clair River, for example, we used to play hockey against Port Huron all the time (I played for Wallaceburg teams, Wallaceburg is 40 mins downstream).
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Nice tour!

I went through Port Huron late last summer and saw downtown and the west side, but I didn't know about those nice victorians. There are countless similar industrial Midwestern cities of ~35k, but this one reminds me of where I spent four happy college years (Beloit, WI) more than most in that category (if you swap the lake out for just a river); with the lowrise mainstreet, the victorians, the smokestacks, and the tree-lined grid of blue-collar frame housing. I like those towns.
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Excellent tour, Flar! Despite being a major entry point/border crossing, it feels so out of the way for most anyone living south of it. That's probably because if you're going to cross into Canada you do it from Detroit.

I've only ever driven through Port Huron-Sarnia, but my thought was that Sarnia has a bigger feel, and is more stable like almost any of the border cities on American-Canadian border. Sarnia is quite a bit larger. Another thing I noticed is how quickly/neatly Sarnia's sprawl ends compared to PH.

Port Huron does benefit from being in the Detroit metropolitan area, though. St. Clair County is actually growing at a relatively healthy pace.
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I must say I'm pleasantly surprised. Port Huron looks much better than I thought it would. Kudos to the residents of that city. I wonder if they have any Tim Hortons there or if you have to cross the border to enjoy some Timbits?
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great shots, I love the residential shots!
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Awesome photos. Every thread you do is a winner!
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Great Pics!

Really cool place! Thanks for sharing.
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I like Port Huron, it never gets as much respect as it should simply because it is in Detroit's MSA. The immediate Port Huron area (Port Huron, Port Huron TWP, Fort Gratiot TWP, and Marysville) has a population of more than 60,000 so it's not anything to sneeze at.

These are some great pictures of one of Lake Huron's greatest cities.
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not too shabby. not too shabby at all. apparently the monicker 'port urine' is extremely inapt. thanks for the tour.
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I love the bakery inside of the old, restored Standard Oil gas station. Also my memory associates Port Huron office buildings with overhanging top floors.
It's a solid community, and really something to see in the summer during the kickoff for the Port Huron/Mackinac sailboat race.

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I love Port Huron. Nice shots.
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Thanks for the tour, it looks like a nice small city.
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Cute town with a cool name!
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Port Huron looks okay. It looks kind of like an Ontario city and even a little bit like an Upstate New York city.
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very picturesk. spring break senior year in highschool a ton of us went up to the thumb and spent a week in a cabin on huron. we passed through port huron but never actually got a good look. fantastic though, my perspective has changed
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Great photos. Honestly, Port Huron looks in much better shape than Detroit...
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