South Haven Quick Facts
Year Station Established: 1872
Is the Light operational? Yes
Year Light First Lit: 1903
Tower Height: ft.
Original Optic: 5th Order, Fresnel
Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
Year Constructed: 1872
Number of Stories: 2
Construction Materials: Wood
South Haven South Pier Lighthouse
South Haven, MI
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Last Visited: June, 2002
Sitting at the mouth of the Black River, this light is a favorite among photographers due to the spectacular sunsets. The first lighthouse was built in the 1872, but was rebuilt in 1903.
An image of maritime heritage, South Haven's lighthouse on the south pier still standstoday as a vision of seemingly magical qualities. Built in 1872, this distinguished landmark has been welcoming travelers for over 125 years.
The original 37-foot wooden tower was two stories tall. The lower level was used for storage. The upper level housed the lens and a fifth order lamp which ran on mineral oil. The current tower was reconstructed of steel in 1903. It now measures 12' in diameter at the base and stands 35' tall. The ship, Hyacinth, transported the steel structure and U.S. Lighthouse Establishment workers built the light. It eventually was electrified in 1923, utilizing a 200 watt bulb.
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Nearest Address: Water St, South Haven, MI
- (from the south) Take I-196 north to exit 20, Phoenix St.
- Take a left onto Phoenix St.
- Follow Phoenix St. for 0.8 miles (it becomes Water St. after 0.5 miles) to the end. The lighthouse is off in front of you.
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