I worked as a tour guide for two summers at the Umpqua River Lighthouse in Oregon. This opportunity enabled me to learn more about this lighthouse than any of the others I've seen. Although I have personally visited 302 lighthouses in the United States and three Provinces in Canada, the Umpqua River Lighthouse has special meaning for me.
The Grosse Point Lighthouse is located in Evanston, IL and was built in 1873. This light is almost hidden among the surrounding houses and trees. The brick tower stands 90 feet tall. A French fur trader named the lighthouse in the eighteenth century. The adjoining duplex keeper's dwelling and two brick fog signal buildings were added in 1880. Focal plane of the light is 121 feet above the lake. The light was converted to electricity in 1935 and later automated. At the time of my visit to the lighthouse in 2002, the lantern room housed a second order lens and the lighthouse was still active.