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

Lighthouses on the Pier

 
 
Lighthouses on the Pier Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
1. Lighthouses on the Pier Marker
Inscription. The north pier lighthouses, built in 1907, guide ships to this port. The inner light replaced a smaller, wooden lighthouse in use since 1847. The north pier was then extended and the outer light tower was added, allowing mariners to find the harbor entrance by aligning the two lights. St. Joseph is one of only two Great Lakes harbors with such a range light system.

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.

(Top Photo Caption)
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

(Middle Photo Caption)
The range light system and catwalk, 2007. Mariners align the lights to direct them into St. Joseph Harbor.
Photo: Alden J. Ho Photography

(Bottom Photo Caption)
The Fresnel lens represented a tremendous advancement in lighthouse technology. Special arrangements of glass prisms increased the distance light could be seen
St. Joseph Maritime Heritage<br>and Lighthouses on the Pier Markers image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
2. St. Joseph Maritime Heritage
and Lighthouses on the Pier Markers
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.
 
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.
 
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 Service (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Miami (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Joseph's Firemen (approx. 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.
1847 Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
3. 1847 Lighthouse
Close-up of Image on Marker
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.)
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Range Light System and Catwalk, 2007 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
4. Range Light System and Catwalk, 2007
Close-up of Image on Marker
Fresnel Lens image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
5. Fresnel Lens
Close-up of Image on Marker
View of Lighthouse from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
6. View of Lighthouse from Marker
Outer Light Tower, Inner Lighthouse, and Catwalk in Winter image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, February 9, 2013
7. Outer Light Tower, Inner Lighthouse, and Catwalk in Winter
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 314 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 27, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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