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Pontificating upon piers....

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Postby Hersh » Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:14 pm


Whilst be-bopping around the SW corner of Lake Michigan last week I proceeded to a preponderance of pharological sructures that were perched precipitously at the promontories of a plethora of piers. Some of these lights were classy looking towers in serene, peaceful spots, and some were the Waukegan pierhead light. But more on that later.




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First off was Sheboygan. It used to look good from what I've seen, and though headless, it still has a bit of charm. If you look closely. And use your imagination.





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And Port Washington breakwater is a familiar style of lighthouse, it's identical to Keweenaw Upper entry and Gray's Reef lights. Even if it is a prefab steel brute, the lines are actually fairly elegant. These lights always look art deco to me.





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The Racine pierhead light is no longer a functioning AToN, but has been preserved by the town. In the background of this shot you can see Wind Point off in the distance. More on Wind Point later.





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A bit of a reflection in the evening light.





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Kenosha pierhead is an unremarkable but not unattractive tower. It's similar to Muskegon, South Haven, and numerous other basic conical towers throughout the lakes. Sheboygan looked like this once upon a time too. The trick to shooting this one was waiting for the group of teenagers that were swimming at the end of the pier to all get behind the light for just a second. This was the only shot I got of this light with no people in it. ](*,)





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And then there was Waukegan. While you can see that this used to be a 'real' lighthouse, it is now headless, painted like a standard, sterile light post, is covered with graffiti, and happens to sit on a serious ghetto beach. When I got out of my car (unmarked police car with red / blues clearly visible in the front & rear windows) I was immediately greeted by an extremely pungent cloud of marijuana smoke. The smell stayed with me while I walked a few yards to the beach, took exactly two photos, walked back to my car, and left. Even during that short visit, I could feel many pairs of unfriendly eyes on me, and I understood that my presence was not welcome there. Now I can say that I've been there, I have photos to prove it, and I never, ever have to go back. Ever.


That's it for the pier lights, next I'll probably post some from Wind Point and Kenosha Southport.
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Postby Grover1 » Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:28 pm


Nice array ... nice variety

Excellent shots! Thanks for sharing
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Postby TenofHearts12 » Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:10 pm


Nice shots, Mike and a nice preview for me as to lights I will be seeing in August. I plan on starting with Grosse Point and work my way up to Door County.
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Postby beachbum1616 » Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:26 pm


Nice collection of images.

So did Sheboygan look just like Kenosha pierhead when it had its top?
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Postby rocky5128 » Mon Jun 18, 2007 8:21 pm


Great shots Mike. I wish I could have taken time off to see some of them with you. You have made me want to go to Grosse Point to take some more pictures.
I feel the same way about Waukeegan Harbor, I've been there, taken pictures to prove I have been there, will never return there unless I have to, and I do not recommend that anyone waste their time going there.
I can't wait to see your Wind Point pictures. I recommend that light to anyone.

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Postby Hersh » Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:29 pm


Yes Stephen, Sheboygan did look like Kenosha once upon a time. This link will take you to an image of it on Terry Pepper's site.

http://www.terrypepper.com/lights/michigan/sheboygan/sheboygan-1.htm

I would have loved to make the trip up o Door county, but it's just too far from Chicago.... One of these days I'll get out there.
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Postby Pharoslvr » Wed Jun 20, 2007 2:13 pm


The top 2/3's of Port Washington is also identical to Gravelly Shoals, on Lake Huron near the Saginaw Bay. It is precast 1/2" boiler plate steel that was floated out to the site, in one piece, in 1939.
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Postby Hersh » Wed Jun 20, 2007 2:57 pm


It's also identical to Indiana Harbor East Breakwater light. That one is not easily seen unless you have a boat, and I myself haven't been there yet.
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Postby Larry » Wed Jun 20, 2007 5:09 pm


As nice as the photos are, the commentary is, well, what's the word....superb.

So Waukegan is the Fort Carroll of Lake Michigan, eh?
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Postby Hersh » Wed Jun 20, 2007 5:22 pm


I've never been to Fort Carroll, but if it's anything like Waukegan, you can keep it! :D
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Fri Jun 22, 2007 8:26 am


Very nice, Mike, very nice! I thought about you a couple of weeks ago when I was visiting the Lake Michigan shore and made a quick stop at St Joe on my way home! You and Gary have provided me with some wonderful memories of the area, and for that I will be forever grateful!
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Postby Hersh » Fri Jun 22, 2007 9:44 am


I wish you would have let me know you were in the area, I would have tried to meet up with you. :(
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Sat Jun 23, 2007 8:28 am


I would have, Mike, if we had been there longer! It was a very short long weekend spent in Grand Haven with my family. Next time for sure!!!!
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