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 on Presque Isle, MI at Lake Huron. It was built in 1840 at a cost of $5000 and constructed of both brick and stone. The tower stands 38 feet high and the stairs winding up the inside of the tower are made of stone. Due to deterioration from storms the lighthouse and keepers house were deactivated in 1871 after a new Presque Isle Lighthouse was built in a different location. I visited that lighthouse also and it will be posted during my next update. This Old Presque Isle Lighthouse was restored in 1959 and converted into a museum. This lighthouse was one of the oldest surviving lighthouses on the Great Lakes at the time of my visit in 1998.