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The Northern Lights: Lighthouse of the Upper Great Lakes

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Titel: The Northern Lights: Lighthouse of the Upper Great Lakes
Autor/en: Charles K. Hyde, John Mahan, Ann Mahan

ISBN: 0814325548
EAN: 9780814325544
Sprache: Englisch.
WAYNE ST UNIV PR

Mai 1995 - gebunden - 208 Seiten

Symbols of safety, reassurance, and guidance, lighthouses hold a special fascination for many people. On the Great Lakes, lighthouses - "northern lights" - helped to open the region to settlement and supported the growth of commercial trade. To this day, they continue to light the way for thousands of recreational boaters. In this definitive guide to the lighthouses of the Great Lakes, Charles Hyde describes the histories of more than one hundred and sixty individual lighthouses that still exist on Lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior, and the straits of Mackinac. He also describes the lives of early lighthouse keepers and their families, the heroes and heroines who lived in isolation, dedicated to aiding travelers in distress. Hyde documents maritime history from the early eighteenth century, when the first lighthouses were built in North America, and the subsequent growth of commerce on the Great Lakes. He also provides a general history of the United States Lighthouse Service and its descendants and examines how these organizations have functioned on the Great Lakes. As the shipping industry flourished, so too did the necessity for lighthouses. With their proliferation came a demand for more sophisticated structures. This book describes the changing design of lighthouses and the equipment that produces their beacons.
Charles K. Hyde is a native of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1966 and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1971. He is a retired professor of history at Wayne State University, where he had been on the faculty since 1974. His main areas of interest are the history of technology, industrial history, and industrial archaeology. He resides in Royal Oak, Michigan. Professor Hyde's publications include a two-volume inventory of historic engineering and industrial sites and structures in Michigan; "Old Reliable, An Illustrated History of the Quincy Mining Company" (Four Corners Press, 1982), with Larry Lankton; and "Historic Highway Bridges of Michigan" (Wayne State University Press, 1993). He has also written on the history of the Detroit automobile industry and is currently working on a history of the American copper mining industry. John and Ann Mahan are free-lance photographers and writers who specialize in the Great Lakes and their watersheds. They live near Gaylord, Michigan, with their two daughters, Jennifer and Kristen, who often accompany them on their travels. Their work has appeared in many magazines including "Audubon, Backpacker, National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, Sierra," and "Smithsonian," and in books by the National Geographic Society, North Word, Reader's Digest Association, Sierra Club, Voyageur Press, and others. They are the authors and photographers for "Wild Lake Michigan" (Voyageur Press, 1991), and a book on Lake Superior scheduled for publication in 1996.
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