Pentwater South Pierhead Light

1873

LAKE MICHIGAN LIGHTS

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The first light built here in 1873 looked much different than the current structure built in 1937.
Just like many of the other pier lights (Charlevoix, Frankfort, Ludington, Grand Haven, Holland, South Haven & St. Joseph),
it was a "square, white, pyramidal, open-framework tower, upper part enclosed, elevated walk along pier to shore" (Light List, 1893).

LOCATION: Near outer end of S pier at Pentwater, E side of Lake Michigan

CURRENT TOWER LIT: 1937

CURRENT USE: Active aid to navigation

AUTOMATED: Yes

FOUNDATION MATERIALS: Original --- wooden pier / Currently has a concrete pier

LIGHTHOUSE MATERIALS: Original --- wood / Current tower is steel

TOWER SHAPE: Original --- square, pyramidal, 25ft. tall / Current --- skeletal, 34ft. tall

COLOR(S)/MARKINGS/PATTERN: Original --- white / Current --- red

ORIGINAL LENS: Sixth Order, Fresnel --- now has 300mm plastic lens

NEAT CHARACTERISTICS: One of the few remaining pier range light systems on the Great Lakes.