South Haven

Ed Appleyard of the Historical Association of South Haven stands near the light inside the old South Haven Pier Lighthouse
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Michigan has more lighthouses along its shoreline than any other state in the country. While the U.S. Coast Guard still maintains the lights, it’s not required to take care of the lighthouses. As a result, local governments and non-profits are scrambling to find the money to restore the state’s lighthouses, before they’re beyond repair.


"SOUTH HAVEN - The Historical Association of South Haven has surpassed its $300,000 lighthouse restoration fundraising goal, the association announced. The nine-month effort brought in $315,000, to be used to restore the city lighthouse on Lake Michigan. The historical association now owns and maintains the lighthouse. (St. Joseph Benton Harbor Herald-Palladium)

"SOUTH HAVEN - Mayor Bob Burr said he wants to see sweeping zoning changes for short-term vacation rentals put in place by Dec. 31. But it's just not going to happen. A more realistic goal would be late spring, according to those who are starting to study the issue." (St. Joseph Benton Harbor Herald-Palladium)

"SOUTH HAVEN - Leaders of an Orthodox Jewish camp near South Haven plan to offer a $1,000 reward leading to the arrest of a person or persons who painted several swastikas at the camp over the weekend." (St. Joseph Benton Harbor Herald-Palladium)

WMU Archives and Regional Collections

How did a lighthouse keeper spend his time in South Haven in the 1870's? Logbooks shed some light on that time and are being digitized at Western Michigan University. 


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