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

Lighthouses on the Bluff

 
 
Lighthouses on the Bluff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
1. Lighthouses on the Bluff Marker
Inscription. The Great Lakes region is one of the nation's most important centers of maritime commerce. Lighthouses helped mariners navigate these vast inland seas. In 1832, the U.S. Government built the first lights on Lake Michigan at two of its busiest harbors: Chicago and St. Joseph.

Five lighthouses have guided ships to St. Joseph: three on the pier and two on the bluff near this site. The bluff lights included a 40-foot stone structure and its replacement, a tower and keeper's house built in 1859. In 1955, despite local preservation efforts, the 1859 building was torn down with a parking lot, seen across the street. A historic landmark was lost forever.

(Upper Left Photo Caption)
No photograph of the 1832 lighthouse exists. This artist's rendering is based on descriptions found in Federal records.

(Upper Right Photo Caption)
The 1859 light, a familiar sight to lake mariners, remained in operation until 1924.
Photo: Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University

(Bottom Photo Caption)
The 1859 lighthouse included a keeper's residence. In 1934, local preservationists created this period room at the residence.
Photo: The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center
 
Erected by City of St. Joseph,
Lighthouses on the Bluff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
2. Lighthouses on the Bluff Marker
The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, and the Public History Program at Western Michigan University.
 
Location. 42° 6.535′ N, 86° 29.037′ W. Marker is in St. Joseph, Michigan, in Berrien County. Marker is on Lake Boulevard north of Elm 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. Eleven Inch Dahlgren (a few steps from this marker); Silver Beach Amusement Park (a few steps from this marker); La Salle Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Lighthouses on the Pier (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Joseph Maritime Heritage (about 400 feet away); United States Life Saving Service (about 500 feet away); Fort Miami (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Joseph's Firemen (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Joseph.
 
More about this marker. The marker is the second 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
1832 Lighthouse on Bluff image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
3. 1832 Lighthouse on Bluff
Close-up of Artist's Rendering on Marker
order shown.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
1859 Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
4. 1859 Lighthouse
Close-up of Image on Marker
Re-created Period Room of 1859 Keeper's Residence image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
5. Re-created Period Room of 1859 Keeper's Residence
Close-up of Image on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 28, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 28, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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