The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Democratic Free Press (Detroit, MI), July 18, 1838

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Extract of a Letter to the Editor, dated Washington, July 2, 1838

"The light-house bill reported by Mr. Norvell,* from the committee on commerce, has passed to a third reading in the Senate. It makes appropriations for erecting light-houses at Point aux Barques; at Presque Isle; outer reef, in the Straits of Michilimackinac; new Point Wagooshance, South Manietou Island and at New Buffalo; and for rebuilding the lighthouse at Bois Blanc. The bill also provides for an examination of sites for a beacon light at Mackinaw; for light-houses at Stony Point; at or near the mouth of the Clinton river; at the mouth of the river Muskegon; at the mouth of the river St. Marie; and at the mouth of the North and South Black rivers, the river St. Marie, Beaver Island, Chambers' Island, and for a pi-- and beacon light at Mackinaw. All that could be obtained was a survey of these points with a view to the future accomplishment of the object. An effort was also made, without success, to obtain a beacon-light at the mouth of the river Raisin; but it was said, that when the canal should be finished, it would be time enough, as there was now a light-house at La Plaisance Bay. Upon the whole, the bill is pretty liberal to Michigan; and perseverance will accomplish the rest hereafter. The most important light-house is the one proposed on the reef in the Strait of Mackinaw; and the bill appropriates twenty-five thousand dollars to do it.**

A bill to remove the Surveyor General's office from Cincinnati to St. Joseph in Michigan has passed the Senate to a third reading. We endeavoured to obtain a separate office for Michigan, but without success."

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*John Norvell was one of Michigan's first two U. S. senators, serving from 1836 to 1841. Michigan had only become a state in 1837.
**Probably refers to Spectacle Reef. The construction of this light turned out to be hugely difficult and was not accomplished until 1874. For a Great Lakes lighthouse chronology, click here.
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July 18, 1838
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Dave Swayze
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Democratic Free Press (Detroit, MI), July 18, 1838