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.
This lighthouse is located at Silver Lake, MI on Lake MI. It was built in 1874 and stands 107 feet high. Originally there was also a brick Keepers House attached to the tower until 1955 when the light was converted from kerosene to automatic electric power. The light is a third order Fresnel lens and can be seen for 17 miles out on the lake. I visited this lighthouse in 1998 and remember how small I felt standing there on the beach next to it. When you see this structure in person, it makes you pause and think what men built over 100 years ago without the help of modern machinery, and the lighthouse still stands against the many weather moods of Lake Michigan.