South Haven Lighthouse (South Haven, Southwest)
In 1886, plans were developed to build a pierhead beacon at the end of the pier and a keepers dwelling on South Haven 1872 beacon a bluff near the shore. In 1872, the original South Haven light was completed. The wooden structure was thirty feet tall. An elevated storage room took up the entire first floor and above it was an octagonal cast iron lantern. The storage room contained supplies to maintain the light and was also used as a place of shelter when the keepers worked on the light. A 75 foot wooden walkway was added above the wave line from the shore to the storage room. The keepers could use this walkway to safely get to the tower when the Lake Michigan waves came crashing over the pier. Channel dredging continued and the pier was again extended. In 1901, the wooden tower South Have 1903 Pierhead Light was moved 249 feet to the end of the pier. In 1902, a Firth Order Fresnel lens was installed in the lantern room of the tower. In 1903, the wooden tower was replaced with a round, white steel structure to protect it from the weather and was topped by a black parapet and octagonal lantern room. The Fifth Order Fresnel lens was carefully removed from the old beacon and moved to the new lantern room. South Haven South Pier LightIn 1913, the piers were extended once more, and the tower was moved 425 feet to a new location at the end of the pier. In 1916, a fifty-two foot tall steel range tower was built on the pier some 800 feet inward from the pierhead light. Later the range tower was removed. The elevated wooden walkway was replaced with an iron catwalk and the steel tower was painted red.
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