Fort Gratiot was the first lighthouse on Michigan shores. It was built near Fort Gratiot in the Michigan territories. The first light and keeper’s log cabin opened in 1825 and collapsed after a 3 day storm in November 1828. A new painted white brick lighthouse was 74’ tall and 25’ at the base with a work room attached was built at the mouth of the St.Clair River. It was fitted with a fifth order Fresnel lens. In 1861, the tower was raised 12’ to 86’ and brick duplex was added in 1874 for the keeper’s and assistants. These are the structures you see today.
In 1931 , the Coast Guard purchased adjoining land and opened the Port Huron Station consisting of a main building, boat house, lookout tower with crews quarters, a breakwater and fog signal. The light was automated in 1933. The lightship Huron and the light station are within walking distance of each other and with ample parking. The light is open from late May to late September.
Go to the website: www.phmuseum.org for more information.
For a print and cards go to my website:www.michiganlighthouseart.com
Michigan Artist, Anita Saviko, Her goal is to research the histories and paint all Michigan lighthouses/range lights past and present, a total of spprox. 150 lights.