Holland Harbor Lighthouse
The square structure that forms the base of 'Big Red', as it is affectionately known, actually was built before the current light tower believe it or not. In 1906 a skeletal light was built to replace an earlier structure damaged by a severe winter storm. The current fog signal building and keepers quarters was constructed the next year, 1907, directly behind this pierhead light. For reasons I can't determine, possibly another storm, this pierhead tower was dismantled in 1936 and a tower was then built atop the building giving the Holland Light the configuration it has to this day. Yet another tidbit most aren't aware of is the fact that the lighthouse was originally white. It wasn't until 50 years into its service, in 1956, that the Coast Guard painted the structure its defining shade of red so it would adhere to the rule that stated structures on the right side of harbor entrances would be colored thus.