Fort Gratiot Lighthouse

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Built in 1814 during the War of 1812, Fort Gratiot guarded the juncture between St. Clair River and Lake Huron. The river's important in the economy facilitated the need for a lighthouse in the late 1800s. This is the first lighthouse in Michigan and the second oldest on the Great Lakes. You can climb the stairs to get a grandiose 360-degree view at the top. For an out-of-this-world experience, brave the freezing weather during the winter to see the lakes covered in white plumes of ice and snow. (Submitted by James Fisher)

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Fort Gratiot Light Station at dusk.