ICONIC BEACONS

Discover historic lighthouses of the Great Lakes.

Here’s an eye-popping stat: America’s Great Lakes contain 20 percent of the entire world’s fresh water. This sea-like expanse is so vast that the five lakes—Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Superior—combine to equal the size of the United Kingdom. With all that liquid—and its 10,000 miles’ worth of shoreline—it’s no wonder that the mariners of yesteryear who plied these waters required steady navigational aids in the form of numerous lighthouses to keep them safe. During the 1800s and early 1900s, close to 400 of these beacons were lit, from Minnesota to New York. But the lights shone brightest in Michigan, where nearly 130 of them still stand, making “The Great Lakes State” home to more lighthouses than any state in the entire country. To learn more about historic lighthouses, click HERE

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