Grand Traverse Lighthouse

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The Grand Traverse Lighthouse sits majestically at the entrance of Grand Traverse Bay, guiding vessels between Chicago and the Straits of Mackinac. For over 150 years, it has been an important beacon for all who have plied the waters of Lake Michigan. The original 1852 lighthouse was used for six years before being torn down. In 1858, a larger lighthouse with an attached nine-sided tower was erected on a site farther west. Over the course of its history, 66 lighthouse keepers, assistant keepers, and U.S. Coast Guard personnel have maintained the light. Today visitors tour the restored lighthouse, which is now a living museum filled with displays and exhibits depicting a simpler way of life. A climb to the tower where keepers once stood watch now provides an inspiring panorama.
ISBN: 9780738552231
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Michigan
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
This book is a collaborative effort of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum staff. Stefanie Staley, executive director, brings 19 years of experience in research and an in-depth knowledge of maritime history and museum administration. Georgienne Hammer, a maritime history aficionado, is the program coordinator for the museum. Sarah Olson and Dustin Webb were summer interns in 2007. Olson is now pursuing a career in the museum field, and Webb continues his education at the University of Michigan. The images in this book come primarily from historic collections of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum.
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