This Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse has faced many struggles during its life on the perilous shores of Lake Superior. Not only have harsh winters taken a toll at its structure but also has the eroding coastline right at its base. Without heroic attempts by the owner and many volunteers, this historic light would not be standing today!
The lighthouse was first opened in 1868. While the tower and building stand on a brick foundation, the rest of the structure is made of wood. Unlike most lighthouses on the Great Lakes, this lighthouse is not made of bricks.Since this lighthouse stood watch on the inlet into Munising Bay it was difficult to spot from the rocky shores of Lake Superior. Thus by the early 1900s it was deemed to be an unsuitable location and closed.
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