Photo Courtesy of:
US Lighthouse Society Archives
Collection / Donor:
GRAND RIVER/LAKE MICHIGAN
City / Town:
OWNER & ACCESS
Open to Public:
Year Tower Established:
Tower Construction Material:
PIER (INNER LIGHT)
Height of light above mean high water, in feet:
Height, in feet, from base of structure to center of lantern:
Fog Signal Building?:
Year Fog Signal Building Constructed:
Fog Signal Bldg Construction Materials:
ELEVATED WALKWAY "CATWALK"
Original Optic Type:
SIXTH ORDER, FRESNEL
USCG Access to Optics:
- 1839: Original tower completed. Sometime later, a winter storm undermined the keeper’s house.
- 1855: New lighthouse built on a bluff.
- 1857: Breakwater built.
- 1875: Fog signal building built.
- 1881: Lighthouse constructed on pier.
- 1883: South pier lengthened.
- 1895: Light added to fog signal building, forming front range.
- 1900’s: cast iron tower built to replace rear tower.
- 1905: Rear light moved to inner end of pier. As a result, the 1855 lighthouse was discontinued and its 4th order Fresnel relocated to the new lighthouse.
- 1910: The 1855 lighthouse was razed and its masonry walls used to build a two-story keeper’s house.
- 1921: Cast iron catwalk built to replace wooden one.
- 1922: Fog signal building covered with corrugated metal sheeting.
- 1988: Lights added along the length of the catwalk.
- 1995: Piers and breakwaters placed on National Register of Historic Places.
Jul 20, 2017