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    Restoration efforts for Cheboygan Crib Lighthouse kicks off May 26

    By Jillian Fellows, Cheboygan Daily Tribune,


    CHEBOYGAN — The Cheboygan Crib Lighthouse provides an iconic image for local residents, serving as the inspiration for city stationery, appearing on signs throughout the city and even popping up in the Daily Tribune’s masthead.

    Founded in 1884, the lighthouse originally sat on a wooden crib about a quarter mile offshore in Lake Huron. For decades, it marked the beginning of the Cheboygan River Channel and helped protect local mariners.

    Its years of service left the lighthouse in a deteriorated state, and it eventually developed a distinct tilt. The U.S. Coast Guard decided to scrap the facility, but the City of Cheboygan reached an agreement with the Coast Guard to have the lighthouse moved to shore instead. It was transported by barge in 1984, and is now a fixture in Gordon Turner Park.

    The Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association helped repair the lighthouse in 2001, but officials said it is now in need of a complete restoration.

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    In a joint effort, city officials, Coast Guard personnel, local volunteers and more will be kicking off the restoration efforts with a community event from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 26 at Gordon Turner Park. Festivities will begin at the lighthouse with a flag ceremony, and tours will also be available. Events along the Cheboygan River include a water cannon and a toast for the launch of the 2024 boating season.

    According to a press release from the Cheboygan County Community Foundation, numerous community organizations and sponsors have already committed to helping with the restoration project. The community foundation is raising funds to assist the city, which owns the lighthouse. Northern Michigan Toyota dealers, including Fernelius Toyota, Fox Toyota of Cadillac and Serra Toyota of Traverse City, are also contributing $20,000 toward the project.

    The restoration plans call for refurbishing the entire structure, along with landscaping, outdoor lighting, new windows, interior repairs, informational signs and more.

    To volunteer or for more information, contact CCCF Executive Director Annette Eustice at (231) 290-2780.

    — Contact Jillian Fellows at

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