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Huron in Erie County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Huron Lighthouses / Huronís Maritime History

 
 
Huron Lighthouses side of marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 8, 2019
1. Huron Lighthouses side of marker
Inscription.  Huronís lighthouses have served as beacons to Great Lakes shipping since the early nineteenth century. The first of three Huron lighthouses was built in 1835. Built of wood and ill-equipped to deal with strong Lake Erie winds, it was destroyed by a fierce storm in May 1854. A second more secure lighthouse—fully enclosed and made of iron—was erected in 1857. The current white, pyramidal lighthouse was constructed in 1939 when the pier was extended to a location three-quarters of a mile offshore. It was one of the first Lake Erie lighthouses to provide an electrically powered beacon to aid maritime navigation. Its light can be seen over a twelve-mile radius.

Huronís Maritime History. Lake Erie commerce has played a central role in the development of Huron. Important among Huronís maritime industries were shipbuilding and commercial fishing. The cityís shipbuilding industry dates to the first decades of the nineteenth century. Shipyards were located on the Huron Riverís west bank, slightly north of this marker, and also upstream at Fries Landing. Among the vessels built at Huron were the Great Western, constructed in 1838 and the first lake ship to have above-deck cabins, and the Golden Age, which,
Huronís Maritime History side of marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 8, 2019
2. Huronís Maritime History side of marker
at 286 feet, was the largest craft on the Great Lakes when built in 1886.

Huron shipbuilding declined as the nineteenth century drew to a close. Commercial fishing emerged thereafter, serving as Huronís economic cornerstone for over fifty years. Huronís fishing enterprises included the Huron, Kishman, Scott, and Zimmerman fish companies. By 1950, however, polluted lake waters ravished the once-lucrative industry. Although shipbuilding and commercial fishing are no longer a part of Huronís daily life, they each had a profound effect upon the communityís growth for nearly two centuries.
 
Erected 1999 by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission, the Longagerger Company, Huron City Schools, the Sandusky/Erie County Foundation and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 14-22.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 23.867′ N, 82° 33.051′ W. Marker is in Huron, Ohio, in Erie County. Marker is on Main Street near Huron Pier, on the left when traveling north. It is at the parking area for Huron Pier and Lighthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huron OH 44839, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Legacy of the Huron Docks (within shouting distance of this marker); John Baptiste Flemmond (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different
Huron Lighthouses / Huronís Maritime History Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 8, 2019
3. Huron Lighthouses / Huronís Maritime History Marker
marker also named The Legacy of the Huron Docks (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Legacy of the Huron Docks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Huron / Erie County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Christ Episcopal Church (approx. ľ mile away); The Wright House and the Underground Railroad/Old Main Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); Huron Block House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huron.
 
Also see . . .  Entry for Huron Harbor Lighthouse on LighthouseFriends.com. Has photographs of all of the lighthouses built here. Excerpt:
Fisher sent the following to the Secretary of the Treasury:

In taking possession, I found the government house in an exceeding bad condition, everything out of repair; it had more the appearance of an ancient deserted castle, than a government house. The light-house in the same condition. The bottoms of the lamps were melted off, by the upper lamps being fitted directly over the head of the lower lamps. Ö

I might go on, almost ad infinitum, to report the different causes, circumstances and difficulties that have surrounded me during my brief appointment to the Huron light-house; but sufficient, I am induced to think, has been said, to convince the most skeptical mind that I have performed my duty
Huronís Dock and Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 8, 2019
4. Huronís Dock and Lighthouse
No longer a working dock, this pleasant half-mile dead-end trail has reclaimed habitat on one side and the lake on the other. The lighthouse can be seen in the distance on the left.
to the government in the most faithful manner, notwithstanding the difficulties I have encountered; and that I leave the government house, not as I found it, in a general dilapidated condition, but in the most perfect order.
(Submitted on November 6, 2019.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Boy Fishing Off Lighthouse Breakwater image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 8, 2019
5. Boy Fishing Off Lighthouse Breakwater
The breakwater provides a rough walkway to the lighthouse when the concrete pier ends.
Huron Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 8, 2019
6. Huron Lighthouse
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 34 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 6, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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