This past May 23rd for the first time in history, the 1903 Muskegon South Pierhead Lighthouse in Muskegon, Michigan opened to the public to climb.
To celebrate the occasion, a small ceremony was held with a ribbon cutting done by Muskegon Mayor Steve Gawron, who said, “These lighthouses are our icons. They’ve been the emblems of so much of our identity.”
In 2010, under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act, the ownership of the Muskegon South Pierhead Lighthouse, as well as its less impressive companion, the Muskegon South Breakwater Lighthouse, were both transferred to the nonprofit Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy (MLC).
MLC Executive Director Cindy Beth Davis-Dykema said, in referring to the opening of the lighthouse for tours, “We feel an important responsibility to engage the community in their restoration and preservation efforts.”
The lighthouse will be open through Labor Day on Mondays and Tuesdays from noon to 4pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Admission fee is $4, and for those under 12 years of age, $2. (Photos by Jacob Neals.)
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