The Northern Lights
Lighthouses of the Upper Great Lakes
Charles K. Hyde
Color Photographs by Ann and John Mahan
Bestsellers, By WSU Faculty, Great Lakes, Maritime Studies, Michigan
Pages: 208 Size: 8.5x11
If you're looking to thoroughly acquaint yourself with [historic lighthouses], go in the direction of this well-researched book, containing more than 200 color photographs, plus maps.
— Plymouth Observer
Symbols of safety, reassurance, and guidance, lighthouses hold a special fascination for many people. On the Great Lakes, lighthouses—"northern lights"—helped to open the region to settlement and support the growth of commercial trade. Charles K. Hyde describes the histories of more than 160 individual lighthouses that still exist on Lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior and the straits of Mackinac. As the shipping industry flourished, so too did the necessity for lighthouses. With their proliferation came a demand for more sophisticated structures. Hyde describes the changing design of lighthouses and the equipment that produces their beacons. Featuring over two hundred color photographs, The Northern Lights captures the beauty, history, and significance of lighthouses on the Great Lakes and illuminates the rich maritime history of the region.
If you're looking to thoroughly acquaint yourself with [historic lighthouses], go in the direction of this well-researched book, containing more than 200 color photographs, plus maps . . . You'll also get to look in on some real-life lighthouse keepers of long ago and their families.
– Plymouth Observer