Preservation 50 Friday: Missing the Point

Grosse Point Lighthouse

Grosse Point Lighthouse, Evanston, Illinois.

Looking at a map of Evanston, Illinois, I was surprised not to see anything about the Grosse Point Lighthouse. It was within walking distance of the center of downtown so the omission puzzled me.

Evanston was once called Grosse Point. It really seemed ironic that part of its history would be overlooked.


Built in 1783, the Grosse Point Lighthouse is a National Historic Landmark. It was built by the United States Government as the lead lighthouse marking the approach to Chicago after several shipwrecks.

A view of Lake Michigan

A view of Lake Michigan from the Lighthouse Wildflower Garden.

On March 1, 1874 traditionally the start of the Great Lakes shipping season, Grosse Point Lighthouse sent its welcome beacon of light over the waters of Lake Michigan for the first time.



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