Photographer: Keith W. Churill

Grand Haven

Grand Haven, MI

Built :  1875

Type (Outer):  Square, Wood & Iron 

Type (Inner): Conical, steel

Status : Active

Location : Grand Haven, MI

Height : 50 feet

Access : Car, with parking near the Light and a short walk down the break water. Exit off Hwy-31 on Franklin Street. Take this to South Harbor Dr which will take you to the Light.

Photo courtesy of: U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard vessel 47225 heading out into a rough day on Lake Michigan.

History of the Light : Like the towns of Muskegon and Whitehall, Grand Haven was primarily a logging and fishing town in the late 1800's. The growing commerce required the construction of this light in 1875. The outer building was originally positioned where the newer rear range light stands. Numerous extensions of the pier, for better protection in the harbor, required the light to be moved out a few hundred yards in 1905. The construction of the steel rear range light was done at that time. In 1922 the outer building was covered with iron sheets to help protect the wood from the elements. Today ships of 700 feet in length are still entering the Grand River with one problem, they are unable to turn around. It's quite a sight to see them back out of the river from about a mile inland. 

Area Attractions: Grand Haven is one of the most historically significant towns in Michigan, located where the Grand Haven River meets Lake Michigan. Grand Haven is a popular boating and fishing town, and has a big fleet of salmon charters. The area offers 175 miles of bike paths, two miles of board walk along the river, golf courses and lots of shops and restaurants.

Photographer: Roy B. Westin

Photo courtesy of: U.S. Coast Guard

Photo courtesy of: U.S. Coast Guard


 

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