Lighthouses of Michigan


Lake Michigan

The necessity of lighted beacons to guide water-bound vessels
dates all the way back to the building
of the
Pharos at Alexandria, the first known lighthouse
of the world completed around 280 B.C.

The history of lighthouses in America is more recent,
dating back to 1716 with the light
Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor.
Michigan's own history of lights begins even before her
own statehood when the
Fort Gratiot Light was
put into service in 1825.

Michigan is bordered by
4 of the 5 Great Lakes, giving it
3,288 miles of shoreline --- the most of
any state, except Alaska --- and therefore, more lighthouses.

One lighthouse historian says there were as many as 247 lighthouses in Michigan, but now less than 100 are in good condition.  A State of Michigan map listed 124 remaining lighthouses and some books contain more or less. 
Some of these lights are no longer operational
and some are only small remnants of the ones that once illuminated the shore,
but each has its own place in history.

(Note: The dates listed for the lighthouses are from the USCG, unless overwhelming data indicates otherwise.  Also, the original illumination of many stations is unknown; therefore, the Fresnel Lens is listed, as all American Lighthouses were initially refitted between 1852 & 1859.)

Lake Superior
Lake Huron
Lake St. Clair
Lake Erie
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Black and white historical photos from the United States Coast
Guard are used with permission from Scott Price, USCG Historian.

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