150th anniversary of Range Lights (Updated with pictures from the event)

You have an opportunity to celebrate a pair of historic lighthouses that have helped sailors navigate Lake Michigan for 150 years at The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor. The Range Lights were built in 1869 to keep ships off the treacherous reefs and shallows at the entrance to Baileys Harbor according to the Ridges Sanctuary website. The 150th anniversary of the Range Lights will be celebrated Friday at the Ridges Sanctuary from 3 to 6 PM. The lighthouses continued to be used from 1869 until the 1960s. Drew Richmond, Development and Marketing Director at the Ridges, says they’ve recently gained a new life thanks to volunteers.



The Ridges are continuing to raise funds to help restore the lights to their 1920s appearance. You can visit the lights for a guided tour starting on Monday at the Cook-Albert Fuller Visitor Center between 11 AM and 2 PM.

Pictures courtesy of Tina Gohr


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