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Monday, July 9, 2012

Big Red

Holland, Michigan

The present lighthouse was erected in 1907
and named the Holland Harbor South Pierhead
Lighthouse.  Its gabled roof reflects the area's
Dutch influence.  It is now know as Big Red and
it was automated in 1932.  It is located at the
entrance to the channel connecting Lake Michigan
with  Lake Macatawa.

In 1970, the US Coast Guard recommended that
it be abondoned.  Local citizens founded the Holland
Harbor Lighthouse Historical Commission and they
restored and preserved it.

In 2007, the US Dept. of the Interior announced that
Big Red would be protected, the 12th Michigan
Lighthouse to have this status.

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