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Postby Grover1 » Sun May 11, 2008 4:17 am

From the travel section of MLive.com

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. -- Indiana's Old Lighthouse Museum has stood as a sentinel for more than 150 years, the sole light on the state's 40 miles of Lake Michigan coastline.

With its gabled roof and Grecian-trimmed windows, the museum's special features include a lantern room, a 40-foot climb to the top of the light tower and artifacts from past residents, including one whose ghostly presence still is felt by some.

"The ghost trackers have been here three times with all their equipment," museum director Jackie Glidden said. "They think there's something here."

Some believe it's the ghost of Harriet Colfax, the lighthouse keeper from 1861 to 1904. The museum, near downtown Michigan City, has an exhibit dedicated to Colfax, who retired at age 80. Her job required her to climb the narrow stairs twice each night to trim the wick, polish the reflectors and recharge the light.

Old Lighthouse museum in northern Indiana boasts a ghost or two.
The Lighthouse Museum is one of several stops along the southern tip of Lake Michigan as it stretches from the Michigan border to Chicago. It's a journey that encompasses quaint coastal towns, shopping, historic gardens and the windswept dunes that overlook the lake. Best of all, it's easy on the gas tank and the wallet.

(Photo/LaPorte County CVB)

(Complete article ... http://www.mlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2 ... tunni.html )
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