We visited the beautiful town of St. Ignace today. St. Ignace is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, at the north side of the Mighty Mackinac Bridge. It is Michigan’s second-oldest continuously inhabited city. The downtown business district stretches along the stunning blue shoreline of Lake Huron on Moran Bay.
They have a beautiful, mile-long boardwalk along the expansive waterfront and the Wawatam Lighthouse. This classic lighthouse started life in 1998 as a Michigan Welcome Center travel icon at Monroe, Michigan. In 2004, the Monroe Welcome Center was being revamped and the lighthouse was put up for relocation. The City of St. Ignace was the lucky recipient and the structure was trucked north in five pieces. It stayed on the Chief Wawatam Dock for a time, awaiting the construction of its new platform.
The red, white and green lighthouse was repainted in bright white with red accents. In June 2006, a crane reassembled the tower on its new site. This is the first “new” lighthouse we have seen. Not as exciting as the old ones, but we still loved it and the beautiful harbor and town of St. Ignace. Our last stop was the local Farmer's Market for fresh baked bread. It was another awesome day in Michigan, check back later for more.