Welcome to the Inland Water Route Historical Society


The IWHS is currently in a Capital Campaign to raise funds for our “Launch Project”

Please consider sending a tax deductible donation to help fund this project to:

IWRHS POB 433 Alanson Mi 49706


The Inland Water Route Historical Society
of Alanson, Michigan Proudly Announces Their Plan to Place

A 30-Foot Launch Replica on the Waters of the
Inland Water Route of Northern Michigan

The Inland Water Route Historical Society (IWRHS) is committed to placing a 30 foot long, turn of the century launch replica on the waters of the Inland Water Route of Northern Michigan. The replica is modeled after a Truscott 30, an outstanding design, with historical features. The 12 passenger, two crew vessel will conduct historical, ecological, and paid general tours commencing Summer 2015. Of special note, the IWRHS committed to conducting special youth historical and ecological tours.


Mr. Wayne Blomberg, Chair of Project, and VP IWRHS, Cell: 231 838 5309

Mr. Mark Hill, President, IWRHS, Cell: 231 557 2205

Mr. Paul Fairbairn, Treasurer, IWRHS, Cell: 231 340 0562

Mr. Greg Warner, Board Member, IWRHS, Cell: 586 438 2664




The IWRHS was founded in 2004 by a group of like minded people. The group immediately formed a 501(c) (3) Non-Profit organization. The society has grown to a current membership of 113 paid memberships. Annual renewals have been typically at 85%, and we continue to realize new members. The society acquired the historical Alanson Village Hall (later Fire Station) on River Street in Alanson. The purchase exceeded $200,000. A funding drive was created and the final payment was made in August 2010. The IWRHS then established Inland Water Route Historical Society Museum. The museum has many informational displays. Visitors to the museum have increased each and every year. We have had visitors from 42 states, and 14 countries. The museum is 100% operated by volunteer staff. The museum has been featured in many regional magazines, and newspapers.

Mission of the IWRHS:
The mission of the IWRHS is to “Maintain and preserve the history of the entire Inland Water Route of northern Michigan and to educate the public of the significance the water route has played to Native Americans, Business/Industry, and visitors.


Mission of the Launch Project:

The Launch Project relates to the IWRHS’s mission and strategic goals. The Launch will facilitate the broadening of educating the general public in a very desirable way. An important mission is the youth historical education of the IWR. The IWRHS is excited to implement this important educational tool for the local population and visitors to Northern Michigan.

Need for Launch Project:

While a tour on our proposed launch can be perceived as a pleasure ride only, we seek to educate the public about the local history utilizing a unique method to northern Michigan. The US National Park system, and the Michigan Maritime Museum have realized success using this exact method. The ability to ‘see’ the locations of the history that we have documented in our museum while cruising at 3-4 knots in a launch replica will add to the experience of learning.


The Benefit to the Community of This Project:

We have received many, many compliments about the displays of our successful museum. Many visitors (including youth) have stated that the museum enriches their life with facts, and images that they never knew existed. We expect the experience of learning while cruising along the IWR in a replica launch will be a significant event for many to experience. We have received many comments of support for our project.



Place a US Coast Guard approved vessel to carry paying passengers on the waters of the Northern Michigan IWR by the Summer of 2015, and, Conduct paid tours thereafter.

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