When we moved to Racine, this harbor wasn’t there. Well, at least the harbor wasn’t there looking like this – no boat docks, no buildings, no walkways, no parking lot, no trees, no restaurants … just water … and more water.
But then the city decided they wanted a harbor so they took rock out of the quarry “up Douglas Avenue” and filled in the lake until there was enough rock in the water to build on top of it.
We lived near the quarry and early every morning we would hear the beep-beep of the construction machinery as they backed up and maneuvered their machines. We’d see trucks with huge tonnage of rocks heading downtown.
And after months of this, Racine had a harbor with a restaurant, a jogging path, walkways, trees, parking lot, boat slips/docks, fish-cleaning station and so much more.
Interesting to think about what it was and what it is.