If you live in the 'Thumb' area of Michigan or in Detroit & environs, A nice Sunday drive to Port Huron will allow you to help celebrate the lighthouse's 170th birthday (Actually Nov 1). The brick tower is 86' high and was the first lighthouse in Michigan. You'll be able to climb during the open house which runs from 1 to 4 PM Sunday. There will be other activities too - like civil war re-enactments. From the lighthouse, you have great views of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River and the new and old "Blue Water Bridges". One opened in the 30's the other a few years ago.
The last lightkeeper ended his duties at the station in 1946 when the signal was automated. Also occupying the park-like setting is a Coast Guard station. In fact, it adjoins "Lighthouse Park"
Information? Contact Lighthouse Historian Bob Hanford 810-982-3659 (Eastern Time). About 5,000 people a year visit the lighthouse.
As long as you're going, you might as well check out the HURON Lightship that's 'dry-docked' at Pine Grove Park.
Photo by my Mom - Zaida Chidester
[This message has been edited by JChidester (edited 10-27-99).]