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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Gratiot Light: 1901

Gratiot Light: 1901

Circa 1901. "Gratiot Light, Port Huron, Michigan." A great lighthouse on a Great Lake! 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Rhymes with Gratiot, at least in Wisconsin.

Beacon for breakfast

Still open for tours, both in reality and here on Street View.

Just upstream from the Blue Water Bridge between Michigan and Canada.


Heavy woolens, aside it looks like a beautiful summer day on the shores of Lake Huron. Perhaps that steamer on the horizon is taking patrons to Mackinac Island where they can enjoy the sunsets from the huge porch of the Grand Hotel.


Pronounced in Michigan as GRA-shut, with the 'a' as in grass.

What a tease

To stand so close to the water... and have to keep your shoes and stockings on.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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