Grand Haven Lighthouse
Grand Haven, MI. Lake Michigan

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The outer pierhead light

GRAND HAVEN SOUTH PIERHEAD LIGHTS

State: MICHIGAN
Location: GRAND RIVER/LAKE MICHIGAN
Nearest City: GRAND HAVEN
County: OTTAWA
U.S.C.G. District: 9

Year Station Established: 1839

First Historic Tower (INNER LIGHT):

  • Year Light First Lit: 1905
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1969
  • Foundation Materials: PIER
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON
  • Markings/Patterns: RED
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 51
  • Original Optic: SIXTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed:
  • Present Optic: 250 MM
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 52
  • Has tower been moved? NO

Second Historic Tower (OUTER LIGHT):

  • Year Light First Lit: 1905
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1969
  • Foundation Materials: STONE PIER
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON OVER WOOD FRAME
  • Markings/Patterns: RED
  • Shape: SQUARE
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 36
  • Original Optic: SIXTH ORDER
  • Year Original Lens Installed:
  • Present Optic: 190 MM
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 42
  • Has tower been moved? YES, 1905

Fresnel Lens Disposition: FOURTH ORDER LENS GIVEN TO TRI-CITY MUSEUM, GRAND HAVEN, MICHIGAN

Previous Tower(s):
1. Construction Date: 1875
Description: MOVED IN 1905 AND SHEATHED IN IRON IN 1922
Fate/Disposition:

2. Construction Date:
Description:
Fate/Disposition:

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? YES

  • Year Constructed: 1875
  • Construction Materials: WOOD/CAST IRON
  • Architectural Style: INTEGRAL W/OUTER LIGHT TOWER
  • Fog Signal Type: DIAPHONE

Existing Keepers Quarters? UNKNOWN

  • Year Constructed:
  • Number of Stories:
  • Architectural Style:
  • Construction Materials:

Other Structures: ELEVATED WALKWAY "CATWALK"

Current Use: ACTIVE AIDS TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD

Open to the Public? YES (Goto Publicly Accessible Lighthouses for access information)

National Register Status: NONE Reference # 0
Name of Listing: DETERMINED ELIGIBLE BY USCG, SHPO CONCURRENCE
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:

The inner pier light

Copyright 2001-2003 Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy. All rights reserved.
Revised: 08/23/03.