It is that time of year again! The famous Lake Michigan Circle Tour and Lighthouse Map is off to press and will be available FREE to you on January 2, 2012 (pre-order here). We are so excited to show of the design of this years map. It is in honor of our 95th anniversary and has some incredible detail! But alas, you must wait just a few more weeks.
Until then, each day we will be giving you a sneak peek at one of the 22 featured lighthouses! Make sure to check back each weekday to see if your favorite Lake Michigan Lighthouse made it!
The St. Joseph historic lighthouse and catwalk, located on the city’s North Pier, was erected at the mouth of the St. Joseph River in 1832. In 1859, a replacement lighthouse was built on the bluff. The tower and the beacon were constructed first and the keeper’s house was built at a later time. Range lights replaced the beacon after the north and south piers were built in 1907 and 1919, respectively. In 1938, the U.S. Coast Guard assumed responsibilities for navigation warning signals and marine safety, absorbing the lighthouse services. The original St. Joseph lighthouse with tower and beacon was torn down in 1955. The current lighthouse replica was constructed later on the North Pier. Both the North Pier and the South Pier, which house the range lights, are publicly accessible