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 South Haven S. Pierhead Lighthouse is located at the entrance of the Black River and Lake Michigan. It was built in 1903 to replace a wooden lighthouse. This one stands 37 feet tall and is made of cast iron. The walkway (catwalk) was built above the pier in 1925 to enable the keeper to access the lighthouse in bad weather. The keepers house was located on shore. This catwalk is one of only four that remained in Michigan at the time of my visit here in 1998. The lighthouse is painted red with a black top, although my picture does not show these colors due to direction of the sun and shadow on the tower.