The Cheboygan Crib Light is now an historical monument preserved by the people of Michigan. As a matter of fact it is the city of Cheboygan that has taken on the upkeep and touring of this part of the state's history.
This crib light is shown on much of the city's and business materials showing the world how proud they are of their heritage.
The city took over ownership of the tower in the early 2000's. Once owned and operated by the US Coast Guard, the Cheboygan Crib light was replaced by more modern ship guidance systems.
But that does not take away from the beauty and charm this building brings to the local state park it now sits in.
You can read more about the history and life of both the river it occupied and even some of the transformations it went through by visiting Lighthousefriends.com
Come for the park, or come for the beach, what better way to learn a little of our nations history. This crib light served many years on the river guiding ships to safe docking. Now you can tour inside by special request. Learn more of the history from volunteers working with the friends of Michigan Lighthouses.
I've lived in Michigan. I've worked in this lovely state. I've had good experiences and some I would rather forget.
But I'll always remember this visit. It was my first to actually see the great lakes up close. I had the opportunity of a lifetime to walk barefoot in the sand and look out on the horizon as far as the eye could see.
All I can say is , Breathtaking!
I really wish we had, had more time to hang out. But I'm grateful to get so many awesome pictures and to actually be on the shores of Lake Huron in Michigan. It certainly beats any geography books I've ever read...