A decade ago, Michigan was in the running as a site for the National Lighthouse Center and Museum. We lost. The organization making the decision chose Staten Island NY as the location, based on a system that probably factored in population density as a heavy determinant.
We lost despite having the most fresh-water coastline in the entire country. More to the point, we have the most lighthouses of any State in the Nation. A total of 124, to be exact. That is an amazing number.
Today, the Detroit News has a great story, with some amazing photos, about Michigan and those 100+ lighthouses:
And an interactive aid that shows them each:
Some are Civil War era vintage. A specialty license plate program helps provide funding for their rehabilitation and renovation. This year, the Department of History, Arts & Libraries is opening the Tawas Point Lighthouse to the public and enabling guests to stay in it and act as guides:
Imagine an overnight stay in such a historic building, dating back to the Nation's Centennial, the year George A. Custer met his end after so much heroism during the Civil War.
The National museum should be in the Great Lake State, without question. Regardless, visitors can still enjoy seeing our seashore sentinels, reminiscent of the soldiers who stood guard during all kinds of weather during the Late Unpleasantness.