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The City of Muskegon has always been linked to the fresh waters that inspired its growth and have maintained its quality of life.


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The construction of a US Life-Saving Service station began that would be a Life-Boat Station, defined as being able to launch a heavy boat, known as a life-boat because of its self righting and self bailing capacity, directly into the water on a marine railway. It is not noted what time of day or what the weather conditions in which this damage occurred, but it was common back then for this type of damage to happen here and at other locations more often then not.

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The Lighthouse Inspection documents for the keepers residence listed the color of the dwelling as white and the lighthouse was made of wood. Inseveral more changes were noted for the harbor entrance.

The lantern room was 8 sided and the dwelling was white with a shingle roof. The piers generally are in good condition, though the old portion of the south pier for about feet from shore should be sheet-piled to make it tight. On November 19th, the schooner Maggie Dall tore away five posts of the elevated catwalk near the beacon light during a gale and in they were repaired.

The station was completed in and began operations on the north side of the channel, directly across from the lighthouse. Also inthe south pier was extended feet and the beacon light had to be relocated to the end of the pier. The elevated catwalk was removed from behind the old beacon lights location and then feet of elevated catwalk was built new behind the beacon light.

It is thought that when the new north pier was carried further out, the trouble that was caused by the seas breaking about over its outer end and meeting those coming in through the gap in shore will to a certain extent cease, hopefully stopping the undermining of the pier. The project of took the work to this stage, and with subsequent modifications indating channel Muskegon,andsought to provide a navigable channel of such depth as could be obtained by extending the piers to 17 feet in the lake, and to widen the entrance to feet.

A contract was made for 5 of the remaining 8 cribs to be built on the south pier, and these are in course of construction. A book called The History of Muskegon County, Michigan in made mention that Henry Warren, who was appointed Keeper inkept the light and was appointed for his gallant and meritorious services in the Navy during the last war on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

Repairs were made. The Army Corps had their problems besides ships running into the piers. No one knows for certain when the first Frenchman visited the Muskegon area, but Father Jacques Marquette traveled northward through this area on his fateful trip to St. The earliest known resident of the county was a fur trader and trapper who visited the Muskegon area in Between andseveral French Canadian fur traders had established posts around Muskegon Lake.

This concept is similar to the light exhibited dating channel Muskegon the end of the Pentwater pierhead light as shown in Figure-7 as an example of how this was accomplished. For The Fiscal Year in the Report from the Secretary Treasurer, it was stated that the station consisted of the one lighthouse with the light on the keepers dwelling, no fog al, was a fixed light visible for 10 miles.

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Settlement of Muskegon began in earnest in when Muskegon Township was organized as a subdivision of Ottawa County and the first sawmill began operating there. They were still calling the Muskegon pierhead lights location as Port Sherman, the original name for the port, and that the elevated catwalk was twice damaged during the year by vessels running into the pier.

Lake Michigan is the sixth largest body of fresh water in the world and is the third largest of the Great Lakes. The lumber trade did not boom until after the Civil War. This location went by another name for some time as noted in various Lighthouse Board reports and correspondence and this location at the mouth of Lake Muskegon was called Port Sherman, named by M.

Burdge, who settled in the district in and by Samual A. Brown, dating channel Muskegon named it as such during the Civil War days when General Sherman was making his historic march to the sea. At this time, the width between the piers was feet and the channel was 15 feet deep. Two iron brackets for supporting the operating wires were placed on the light and intermediate posts, and various minor repairs were made.

The shore revetments of slabs are in bad condition, and quite permeable to sand and water, and must be sheet-piled their entire length. The Muskegon area was inhabited by various bands of the Ottawa and Pottawatomi tribes. Apparently the need for a lighthouse was established early on, because in the first of many lighthouses was established here.

It is noted that a fog bell was also moved to the end of the pier with the lighthouse. Early Muskegon was surrounded by lush hardwood forests and had direct access from Lake Michigan into Lake Muskegon, making it a natural port.

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We do not know if the original lighthouse was razed, but no photographic evidence has been found to suggest it existed after The light consisted of a one and a half story wood framed dwelling with a short square tower on the front side of the structure which rises above its gabled roof capped with a black lantern room. One side effect of the construction of the detached section caused an eddy to form just in front of the old north pier, where a hole The end of the old pier had been undermined, and in consequence of having been struck by a vessel going in, was badly wrecked.

By more harbor improvements were needed and discussed.

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As you an tell by this summary, a lot of work and money was being expensed here to promote safe and commerce. Repairs are also to be made to both piers and revetments adjacent to the shore-line. Similar plans were also built in other locations in Michigan. The south pier projects feet with some 1, feet of revetment. The light was shown 36 feet above the lake level.

The wooden pierhead beacon light was constructed at the outer end of the south pier and was illuminated by a 6th Order lens, showing a fixed red characteristic. The tower was brick color and the base to the focal plane was 30 feet. The end of the north pier proper is about feet from the south pier, but the outer detached feet of north pier leaves an entrance width of feet; feet can be carried through the channel. A lot of piers had auxiliary lights of various des to help guide mariners through the piers and into the ports or harbors.

The photograph in Figure-2 shows the Muskegon structure. The need for improvements was great and the local citizens took action in when the Muskegon Harbor Company was organized and they straightened the channel from Lake Michigan to Muskegon Lake by putting in slab piers. Typically this fog bell was struck by mechanical means and the mechanism was located in the lighthouse, just below the lantern room. The fog bell machinery was weight driven and struck the fog bell at deated dating channel Muskegon. A post for supporting a wire for operating a light shown from the post at the outer end of the south pier was placed midway between the beacon and the outer end of the pier, and an additional wire for operating the light was provided.

Unfortunately for Mr. The Annual Report to the Lighthouse Board noted some interesting things.

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In October ofa contract was entered into with Mr. Hiero B. Heir, of Chicago, IL. The work was to have been completed by June 30, ; but by the date of June 8 the time for completion was extended by the Chief of Engineers to August 31, Prior to improvement by the United States, slab-piers and revetments had been built at the outlet of Muskegon Lake and River into Lake Michigan, with the result of securing 13 feet of water between them, but a bar with 7 feet on it existed in front of the entrance, which as constructed was only feet in width.

It is the authors best guess at what this original lighthouse looked like until other documentation is found.

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He is respected by all who know him and attends to his duty punctually and satisfactory. It is unknown as to why she left the position as Keeper, but she held the position for almost 10 years, a long tenure. The goal was to illuminate the end of the pierhead as the piers kept being extended, so small minor aids were added until it was time to move the beacon light. This would widen the entrance from feet to feet. He was a native of New England and has spent most of his life on the ocean as a sailor.

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A photograph of the station can be seen in Figure-4 from an undated photograph. The lighthouse worked in conjunction with the pierhead light after it was established to form a range into the harbor. On September 23rdWilliam Monroe assumed the position of Keeper.

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Repairs were made to the lighthouse in as was very common for many lights as something always needed to be done with these structures exposed to the coastal environment and sometimes shoddy government construction contracts built by the low bidders. In feet of elevated catwalk dating channel Muskegon rebuilt. The first efforts for the harbor and pier improvements were started in by the Muskegon Harbor Company, but the Army Corps of Engineers managed all of the harbor and pier improvements after A lot of times they contracted out the work and oversaw it.

The lighthouse was refitted in with a 6th Order Fresnel lens with an arc of degrees coverage. The north pier was 1, feet long and the south pier was 2, feet long. The north pier projects into the lake 1, feet and has 1, feet of shore revetment. The first light keeper was Alexander Wilson who held the position for about one year and four months. Unfortunately no photographs have been located of this beacon light, but an undated postcard shows the light after further improvements were made and the piers extended at a later date.

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Little is known about this first lighthouse as photographs have not been found yet, if they even exist. It also lists the construction materials for the main structure as rubble stone with 5 rooms measuring overall 36 feet by 18 feet and was one and a half stories tall. Ina detached foot wooden crib section of the north pier was placed in position, filled with stone, and decked over, a common practice of the time.