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St. Joseph in Berrien County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

U.S. Lighthouse Supply Depot

 
 
U.S. Lighthouse Supply Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
1. U.S. Lighthouse Supply Depot Marker
Inscription. A U.S. lighthouse supply depot was built at St. Joseph in 1893. For a quarter century, this depot equipped all of Lake Michigan's lights with materials ranging from lenses to lamp oil. Operations of the St. Joseph Depot were transferred to Milwaukee in 1917. In later years, the site housed branches of the military.

Following this service, the site operated as a restaurant in the 1990s. Two buildings, the lens repair shop and workers barracks, were torn down. A main storage structure and an officers' residence remain. In 2003, the St. Joseph River Yacht Club acquired the site. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it survives as one of only two historic Lighthouse Depots in Michigan.

(Upper Left Photo Caption)
Early 1900s view of the U.S. Lighthouse Depot showing the primary storage building (left), officer's living quarters (right), and lighthouse supply ship.
Photo: National Archives

(Upper Right Photo Caption)
The St. Joseph River Yacht Club restored the exterior to the depot keeper's dwelling in 2007, in cooperation with the State Historic Preservation Office of Michigan.
Photo: Alden J. Ho Photography

(Lower Photo Caption)
The U.S. Naval Reserve operated at the depot site from 1918-1950.
 
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U.S. Lighthouse Supply Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
2. U.S. Lighthouse Supply Depot Marker
City of St. Joseph, The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, and the Public History Program at Western Michigan University.
 
Location. 42° 6.707′ N, 86° 28.84′ W. Marker is in St. Joseph, Michigan, in Berrien County. Marker is on Water Street west of State Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Joseph MI 49085, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Commercial Shipping (within shouting distance of this marker); Recreational Boating (within shouting distance of this marker); Shipbuilding in the Twin Cities (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Joseph Maritime Heritage (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Joseph River Swing Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Boatbuilding Industry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Creating a Harbor (about 300 feet away); St. Joseph's Firemen (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Joseph.
 
More about this marker. The marker is the tenth of 12 interpretive signs along the St. Joseph Maritime Heritage Trail.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These are the markers of the St. Joseph Maritime Heritage
U.S. Lighthouse Supply Depot, Early 1900s image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
3. U.S. Lighthouse Supply Depot, Early 1900s
Close-up of Image on Marker
Trail. To study the markers in their order along the trail, read each marker in the order shown.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Restored Depot Keeper's Dwelling, 2007 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
4. Restored Depot Keeper's Dwelling, 2007
Close-up of Image on Marker
Postcard of U.S. Naval Reserve image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
5. Postcard of U.S. Naval Reserve
Close-up of Image on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 303 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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