The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), 10 July, 1875

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LIGHTHOUSES AND LIFE-SAVING STATIONS. - A special from Washington to the Chicago Times contains the following information in regard to lighthouses and life-saving stations upon the lakes:

The following are the new lighthouse improvements for this year upon the fresh-water lakes:

A new lighthouse is building at Windmill Point, Lake Michigan.

Syren fog-horns are to be erected at the following points on Lake Michigan: Skillagalee, Laporte, Lumont, and South Manitou.

A new lighthouse is nearly finished at Poverty Island.

Range lights are to be established at Eagle Harbor, Lake Superior.

The following are the changes on Lake Huron: A new lighthouse is to be built at Ottawa Point, at the mouth of Thunder bay River and range lights erected at the mouth of Saginaw River.

Upon Lake Erie range lights are to be established at Maumee Bay and also for Sandusky. The old tower at Dunkirk is to be rebuilt. New lighthouses are to be built at Thirty-Mile Point and Menagerie Island.

The above includes all of the changes and improvements intended for this year.

The revenue and marine branch of the treasury department is at present making some very interesting experiments in life-saving inventions. The great success of this branch of the service upon the Atlantic coast leads one to expect the best of results from the establishment of stations on the lakes.

The following are the life-saving stations complete, that is, having a large crew kept always ready for duty:

Lake Michigan - Grand Point Au Sable, Point au Bec (Scies)

Lake Huron - Point aux Barques, Ottawa Point, Sturgeon Point, Thunder Bay Island, Forty-Mile Point.

Lake Ontario - Salmon Creek seven miles from Nine Mile Point, Big Sandy Creek.

Lake Superior - Four from Whitefish Point to Point aux Sable.

The following are mere life-boat stations in charge of a keeper: Chicago, Grand Haven, St. Joseph, North Manitou, Beaver Island, Two Rivers, Sheboygan, Milwaukee, Racine, and Gross Pointe, on Lake Michigan. Marble Head, Cleveland, Fairport, Presque Isle and Sandusky, on Lake Erie, and Charlotte and Oswego on Ontario.

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Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), 10 July, 1875