June 13-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: June: June 13-05
Huron Island Lighthouse    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Neil Harri
Huron Islands    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by E. Neil Harri


By
Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 07:24 am:

My hubby and I have a sea-worthy boat, but I have to admit we've never ventured out towards the Huron Island Lighthouse or the Huron Islands, located on Lake Superior, near L'Anse. That may have to be put on the agenda for a cruise this summer. In the meantime, we get treated to a bird's eye view of both, while up in the clouds with E. Neil Harri. It's certainly a lofty shot of the lighthouse, showing the rocky terrain it sits upon. The approaching flight to the Islands gives you a smoother looking setting with the Big Lake lying flat and virtually ripple less. I think the Lighthouse is actually located on the biggest island in the Huron chain, but I can't say for certain if it's in the second picture or not. Anyone out there able to shed some light onto which island this historic lighthouse makes its home?

If you've been craving a delicious U.P. Pasty, then you should make your reservation to be in Calumet on July 2nd, for Pasty Fest 2005. The festivities will include a parade, games for the kids, a Pasty Bake-off competition and a free pasty for the first 400 attendees who assemble at Aggasiz Park with the required coupon from the paper. There are only 19 days left to fly on UP North to attend!


By NKR Mishawaka IN on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 07:30 am:

Fantastic pictures this morning. Would love to live in that lighthouse.


By julie b., MI on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 07:37 am:

Beautiful pictures this morning! I would like to live at that light too!

found this on the lighthouse:

"The Milwaukee Daily Sentinel noted in an article dated, November 25, 1868, "A lighthouse has also been erected on West Huron Island, in Keweenaw Bay, 18 miles below Portage Entry."

but i can't tell from the angle if that is in the second picture or not!


By julie b., MI on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 07:39 am:

Another bit of info:

"The Huron Island Lighthouse, constructed in 1868, still stands today atop Huron Island, the second largest island of the Huron Islands chain in southern Lake Superior."


By Cindy, St. Clair Shores, MI on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 07:44 am:

Wow! What a gorgeous setting! I've never seen pictures of this lighthouse from this perspective before. That makes my day!


By sur5er on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 07:47 am:

Wow, the scenary in the UP never ceases to amaze me. Beautiful! According to mapquest, the Huron Island Lighthouse is on the island furthest out in Lake Superior.

click here


By bootjack on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 07:51 am:

About 15 years ago we took our boat over there had a picnic and hiked the island. The dock is on one end of the island and you have take a short hike to the other end to see the lighthouse. It's a neat place to visit.


By Roudy Mi on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 08:53 am:

Stannard Rock is the furthest out in the Lake. I think I read it is the furthest off shore of all North American Lighthouses. Sombody just jump in here and keep this on the up and up.


By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 08:55 am:

Set my background to the second picture. How smooth the lake looks. I'm in the commune group to live at the light house too.


By Missin the UP from NJ on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 09:34 am:

That lighthouse will be pretty crowded! What a beautiful place to live.... tho, it would be interesting to have a picture of it during one of the Big Lake's mighty storms!! Yikes!
The second picture is serenity defined! Beautiful!


By Missin the UP from NJ on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 09:38 am:

Wow! Great Picture Album, E. Neil Harri!


By julie b., MI on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 10:30 am:

Looking at the map sur5er provided, i would guess Neil's picture is facing south and the island with the lighthouse is not in the picture, but just off to the left of the frame.


By erica florida keys on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 10:46 am:

Beautiful picture! Would love to walk the island.


By Janie, IA. on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 12:05 pm:

Now those are awesome pics!!! Love them lighthouses!! More please!! sur5er, you are a wealth of information, thankyou!:)


By Clyde Elmblad...L'Anse on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 12:09 pm:

Excellent aerial pictures of the Huron Island Lighthouse and the Huron Islands! I have been out to the Huron Islands and hiked to the lighthouse many times! This island chain including the lighthouse is definately one of our area treasures. I've included a picture taken in July 2003 while crusing around the islands on an fine summer day. I have more Huron Island Lighthouse photos in my guest album.
http://pasty.com/pcam/swede927
huron_island_lighthouse


By Kathy from Ann Arbor/Cheboygan on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 12:30 pm:

Roudy, I took SerSur's statement " Huron Island Lighthouse is on the island furthest out in Lake Superior" to mean the lighthouse is on, for this island group, the farthest island--not that it was farthest from shore of any and all islands.


By sur5er on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 01:27 pm:

Kathy, Thanks for clarifying that for everyone. I wrote that after an all nighter of working on a case and trying to get it done before Fed Ex arrived this morning.
Huron Island Lighthouse is on the furthest Huron Island out in Lake Superior. ;)


By vlparisian on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 02:38 pm:

Lake looks smooth as glass... Wouldn't happen for us mortals who travel out to Isle Royale.


By Steve in IA on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 03:19 pm:

If you look closely at the large island on the right, near the center of the domed portion on the left end of it, there is a white spot right at treetop level that could possibly be the white dome of the lighthouse. The rocks below it are also consistent with shoreline photos in the swede927 album mentioned earlier.


By Clyde Elmblad...L'Anse on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 04:10 pm:

Steve in IA, the Huron Island Lighthouse is located on the island to the left exactly where the arrow is pointing below.

location


By Clyde Elmblad...L'Anse on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 04:31 pm:

For a better location perspective, here's a space image photo of the Huron Islands.

location2


By BB, Sunrise Side of Lake Huron on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 07:46 pm:

Love the photography on this website. Hope
to take a trip UP next month. Anyone know
how long since anyone has lived at this
lighthouse?


By Steve in IA on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 08:37 pm:

Thanks Clyde. Cool satellite photo


By julie b., MI on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 08:40 pm:

Steve in IA -

At the end of the 1972 season, the Light Station was deactivated as a manned station. It continues to be an automated aid to navigation, powered by 4 solar panels and a 20,000 candle power electric oscillating light that is periodically checked by the Coast Guard out of Station Portage.


By julie b., MI on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 09:18 pm:

oops, sorry: BB, Sunrise Side of Lake Huron

that answer was for you!!!


By Trish, WA on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 11:11 pm:

Beautiful photos! Any geologists out there that can give us
a lesson on the Huron Island rock formation?


By Dave, Very Shakey Temecula, CA on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - 12:23 am:

Julie B - 1972??? I was out there during the summer of 1975 and it was already in pretty rough shape. Maybe it was in disrepair when it was deactivated, but that wouldn't be very Coast Guard-like. Very interesting place to vist if you have a chance. Very nice glacial scrapes on some of the outcroppings.


By julie b., MI on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - 07:10 am:

Dave, Very Shakey Temecula, CA -

This is where i found that info about the date:

http://www.huronislandlighthouse.com/history.html

Wish i had first hand knowledge like you do! Maybe some day!

Stay safe out there!


By Chris Collins, L'Anse, MI on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - 10:44 am:

I would recommend viewing the information at the above mentioned website. It contains a concise write up of the history of the Islands and the lighthouse. As to the geology of the Islands, they are made up of granite that has stirations left by the last glacial period - roughly 10,000 years ago. The lighthouse is constructed of the granite on the island.


By sur5er on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - 03:14 pm:

Chris, Check out Tuesday's What's Up...they are having a discussion on how to pronounce your town's name. ;)


By jim collins, L'Anse, MI on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - 03:44 pm:

my dad, along with my aunts and uncle grew up in that lighthouse, my grandfather was the last lighthouse keeper before the coast guard took over.


By julie b., MI on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - 08:12 pm:

jim collins, L'Anse, MI -

enjoyed your post about your family & the lighthouse. what did your granddad think of his service on the island? did your family do an oral history with him on his life at the lighthouse? does your dad have fond memories of growing up there?


By Chris Collins, L'Anse, Mi on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - 08:53 pm:

Regarding Jim's family - I wrote up the stories I heard all of them talking about for years in 2000. I had done research on the lighthouse and decided the stories weren't mine to keep. I printed it up and gave to all the family members.


By Jerry Beasley, La. on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - 10:22 pm:

Clyde - Can you tell us how we can further look at space images of the U.P.


By Clyde Elmblad...L'Anse on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - 10:35 pm:

Jerry - For space images, please click on the following link and follow the simple directions.
http://terraserver-usa.com/

Here's another space imaging site.
http://www.terrafly.com/


By julie b., MI on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 - 06:02 am:

Chris Collins, L'Anse, Mi-

What a wonderful legacy you have given to future generations! There should be more people who follow your example!

You are probably waaaay ahead of me - but have you given copies to local museums, genealogy groups, and groups like the Great Lakes Lighthouses Keepers Association? I'm sure all would appreciate your work!


Powered by:  
Join Today!
Each day the Pasty Cam has 2 areas to post messages: 
  • Cam Notes - comments related to today's picture and discussion
  • What'sUP - other topics, conversation and announcements
  • *** Please use the appropriate forum ***
    Here's a list of messages posted in the past 24 hours
    See our guest photo gallery for more great views from the U.P.

    Add a Message


    A user/password combination is now required to post messages to Cam Notes. Registration is free. Click here to register or maintain your I.D.
    Username:  
    Password:

    Home | Pasty Cam | Contest | Order Now | Bridge Cam | Past-E-Mail | GP Hall of Fame | Making Pasties | Questions