South Haven in Van Buren County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Lightkeeper's Dwelling
The South Haven Lightkeeper's dwelling was built by the United States Lighthouse Service in 1871-1872, when South Haven's first lighthouse was constructed. The dwelling was last occupied by a lightkeeper in 1940, when technical changes eliminated the need for a lightkeeper. From the 1940s until the 1980s, the United Stated Coast Guard used the lightkeeper's dwelling for its personnel. The lightkeeper's dwelling is now in the custody of the Michigan Maritime Museum. The preservation of the lightkeeper's dwelling provides residents and visitors with a tangible link to South Haven's maritime past.
Erected by Rotary Club of South Haven & Michigan Maritime Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Buildings • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1871.
Location. 42° 24.126′ N, 86° 16.882′ W. Marker is in South Haven, Michigan, in Van Buren County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and St. Joseph Street, on the right when traveling west on Water Street. Marker is located Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: South Haven MI 49090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lumber Industry (within shouting distance of this marker); History of the Channel Piers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Resort Industry (about 400 feet away); Over a Century of Tourism (about 400 feet away); Birth of City Utilities (about 400 feet away); Lifesaving Station (about 500 feet away); South Haven Lighthouse (about 600 feet away); Entertainment Around the Harbor (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Haven.
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted horizontally on waist-high posts. Marker is part of South Haven's Harbor Walk series.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. South Haven Harbor Walk
Also see . . .
1. South Haven Harbor Walk. This South Haven Harbor Walk map shows the location of this and other historical markers in South Haven. (Submitted on June 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. South Haven Lighthouse. (This link presents a good photo of the Lightkeeper's House.) The old light keeper's house located a short distance from the lighthouse. Many similar houses existed for pierhead lights like this one. (Submitted on June 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. South Haven Light. The keeper's house is on shore, 2-1⁄2 stories tall, wood with a hipped-roof. (Submitted on June 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.