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 Big Sable Point Light Station is located in Ludington State Park, Ludington, MI. This lighthouse was built in 1867 with the 112 feet high tower first being made of brick. Then in 1902 it was covered with steel plates to stop weathering of the brick. The keepers quarters were added in 1906 and they provided room for one head keeper and two assistant keepers. In 1908 a fog signal was installed. A sea wall which can be seen at the left of the picture was built in 1943 to control shore erosion. The light station was electrified in 1949 and then in 1968 the light was automated. Due to automation manning of the light station was no longer required. At the time of my visit in 1998, the station was open to the public but required a 1 1/2 mile hike back to the lighthouse.