Long before we had GPS navigation aides, we had lighthouses. Like any major body of water, Ohio's lighthouses helped ships identify their location in relation to the shoreline.
Lighthouses stand as beacons of safety and security and perhaps this is why they appeal to so many people, even land-hugging folks. Not only are lighthouses nostalgic, but they are also artistic expressions, each unique for its architectural style, but also for its surrounding environment.
Lighthouses are painted different colors and designs to make them daymarks. This was important so sailors could recognize a particular lighthouse during the day.
Lake Erie has over 30 lighthouses along the US side of Lake Erie with 18 of those structures on Ohio's shoreline. Some are located on the mainland and others on small slips of land accessible only by boat. Many of the older lighthouses are no longer part of the US Coast Guard's responsibility.
Many of the lighthouses have been restored to their former glory through the efforts of private citizens. Others have been taken over by the state and operated as museums. Some have been destroyed by the elements or extremely vandalized. All of them have stories from the past.