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Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, Port Huron

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Fort Gratiot, named after General Charles Gratiot, the engineer in charge of its construction, was established in 1814 to guard the juncture of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River.

The Fort Gratiot Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in Michigan and the second oldest on the Great Lakes. The first lighthouse in this area was built in 1825 and was located approximately where the first Blue Water Bridge stands. De to poor construction and a storm, it collapsed in 1828. In 1829, a new lighthouse was built north of the military fort by Lucius Lyon, who later became one of Michigan's first U.S. Senators. The new location made it easier for ships to spot as they entered the rapids at the head of the St. Clair River.

Originally seventy-four feet high, the white painted brick tower was extended to its present height of eighty-six feet in the early 1860s.

The first official lighthouse keeper, Colonel George McDougall, Jr., served from 1825 until his death in 1842.

The green flashing light that was automated in 1933 may be seen for seventeen miles. The two-story brick lighthouse keeper's house, with its hipped gable roof and pointed gothic porch, was built in 1874.

Today, a Coast Guard station and the lighthouse watch over one of the busiest waterways in the world.
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  • All the times coming to Port Huron and this lighthouse and park a short distance from blue water bridge. Definitely want to come here for tour of lighthouse. We went on Valentine’s Day to see the...  more »
  • We very much enjoyed our visit at the lighthouse today. The tour was very informational and we loved the lighthouse climb. ONLY ISSUE, when I went to get tickets for our family I thought it was going....  more »
  • Wow! The people running this was so good to our travel group. We weren't planning on doing the tour, but we were so glad we did. The people taking care of this site have done a phenomenal job preserving and communicating the history and present day value of this site.
  • I'm a pretty nut about lighthouses matter of fact if I ever hit the lottery I am buying one and living in it. The Gratiot lighthouse is beautiful and if your not scared of heights you can go out on the catwalk. You can see our neighboring country Canada across the water way.

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