Standing along the Lake Michigan Shoreline is a small lighthouse tower. It is located near the boat launch in Empire in memory of Robert H. Manning. He was born in 1927, and lived in Empire his entire life. He was an avid fisherman and would stay out after the sun had set. He would tell his friends and family how nice it would be for the town of Empire to have a lighthouse to guide people back to shore. After he died in 1989, his family and friends raised funds and built a lighthouse in his memory near the boat launch at Empire Village Park. The lighthouse was illuminated in Manning’s memory, and the Coast Guard recognizes it as a private aid to navigation. What could be a more wonderful way to remember a loved one, than building a lighthouse that shines a light in the darkness guiding others to safety.
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