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Monday, June 27, 2011

Fort Gratiot Lighthouse in Port Huron

Fort Gratiot Lighthouse in Port Huron was the first lighthouse built in Michigan. It sits at the lower bowl of Lake Huron where it flows into the St Clair River. Built in 1829, it stands 82 feet tall.  Michigan has about 150 lighthouses, more than any other state in our country. Fort Gratiot was named after General Charles Gratiot, the engineer in charge of its construction. When we took this photo, we were able to climb it, but it is currently closed due to deteriorating infrastructure and we heard it will cost 4 million dollars to fix it up.   If interested in its progress, you can become a friend and help support the restoration. Note: As of May 19, 2012, it is once again open to the public!

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