St. Joseph in Berrien County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Lighthouses on the Pier
The inner lighthouse contained foghorn equipment that sent out a distinctive signal, further aiding navigation. During periods of high waves or icy conditions, lightkeepers used the steel "catwalk" to reach the lights.
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Constructed in 1847, this wooden lighthouse served the harbor for more than half a century. The attached building, added in 1896-1897, housed a steam-powered fog horn. Both structures were replaced by the current inner pier light.
Photo: The Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University
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The range light system and catwalk, 2007. Mariners align the lights to direct them into St. Joseph Harbor.
Photo: Alden J. Ho Photography
The Fresnel lens represented a tremendous advancement in lighthouse technology. Special arrangements of glass prisms increased the distance light could be seen by more than five times. This St. Joseph lens, seen here in the inner pier light, could project its beam up to 17 miles.
Photo: Alden J. Ho Photography
Erected by City of St. Joseph, The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, and the Public History Program at Western Michigan University.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1907.
Location. 42° 6.489′ N, 86° 29.079′ W. Marker is in St. Joseph, Michigan, in Berrien County. Marker is on Lake Boulevard north of Market Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Joseph MI 49085, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Joseph Maritime Heritage (here, next to this marker); La Salle Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lighthouses on the Bluff (about 300 feet away); Eleven Inch Dahlgren (about 400 feet away); Silver Beach Amusement Park (about 400 feet away); United States Life Saving ServiceFort Miami (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Joseph's Firemen (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Joseph.
More about this marker. The marker is the first 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 Trail. To study the markers in their order along the trail, read each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . . St. Joseph Pier Lighthouse - Lighthouse Friends. (Submitted on August 27, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 485 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 27, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.