The first lighthouse in St. Joesph was erected in 1832 on the shoreline and was the second lighthouse constructed on Lake Michigan. Two piers were extended out into the lake in 1870 to protect the ships entering the St. Joseph River, and a beacon was placed at the pier-head. In the early 1900s, the war department expanded the piers, and in 1907, the current lighthouse was built. It consisted of two lights known as “Range Lights” that sailors would align to ensure that they were entering straight into the channel. A catwalk was also constructed, allowing the lighthouse keepers to access the light during severe storms. In 2008, the United States Coast Guard decided the lighthouse was no longer necessary for navigation and gave it to the city of St. Joseph. The Lighthouse Forever Fund raised money to restore the landmark structure making it one of the most popular destinations for lighthouse lovers.
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