This day in history;
U.S. Senate ratifies Louisiana Purchase
1st Mississippi "Showboat," leaves Nashville on maiden voyage
Lincoln formally establishes Thanksgiving as a national holiday
Halloween Spooktacular Stories
From now until Halloween, I will share stories from recent articles or books on “Haunted Lighthouses.” Unless otherwise expressed, the stories are a result of Internet research and not my personal experience.
The unknown footsteps
Believed to be the first range lights built on the Great Lakes, the Saginaw River Rear Range Lighthouse is the only light of the two left. The front range was demolished and only its crib remains. The concept for range lights was actually conceived of by the fifteen year old son of a light keeper at the original Saginaw River light station, which was demolished when dredging of the river made it obsolete. Range Lights allow mariners to line up two lights, one behind the other and when they are in alignment (when one beacon is above the other) they know they are in the center of the shipping channel. The house was left behind, though.
It's unknown which of the keepers haunts the old lighthouse. But footsteps have been heard by members of the Coast Guard who stayed there. And of course, that's when no one else is around, because the lighthouse itself is in the middle of private property owned by a large corporation (since 1940). It sits virtually in the middle of a marsh, where no one can go. Perhaps it's the ghost of one of the Keeper Peter Brawn, who died while in charge. Or perhaps it is wife was appointed Keeper after him, but later demoted. Whoever it may be, it's definitely an eerie place to be.
Happy Lighthouse Hunting,