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 Grand Haven Lighthouses are located at Grand Haven, MI. The red cylindrical tower stands 52 feet tall and was first lit in 1839. Its light can be seen for 15 miles out on the lake. That tower and the deep red lighthouse are both situated on the South Pier which juts out into Lake Michigan. These lighthouses are positioned to create a range light system, which I have described in previous blog postings. I visited these lighthouses in 1998 but the public was not permitted inside. This picture is another good example of the elevated cat walks that were built to enable Lighthouse Keepers to get to the lighthouses during times of high water from storms.