The History

The Original lighthouse built at the Holland Harbor location was a small, square wooden structure built in 1870. In 1880 the Lighthouse Service installed a new light atop a metal pole in a protective cage. The old lantern was lowered by pulleys for service.

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The Seasons

Big Red® has stood tall in the Holland Harbor for nearly 100 years. Through rain and shine, through blistering summer days to cool autumn evenings. From the Icy austerity of Winter's relentless march as it gives way to the promise of Spring.

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The Heritage

The work of the Holland Historical Lighthouse Commission has enlisted the hours and the dedication of both local and seasonal residents whose love for the majesty and history of this iconic structure spans generations.

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Please enjoy this video of Big Red featuring our Historical Lighthouse Commissioner and unofficial Big Red  "Lightkeeper" neighbor John Gronberg.

John's lineage of dedication to this treasured Holland icon traces back to the day his father proposed to his mother here. Having grown up in its shadow, and with a cottage just a few hundred yards across the beach, it's good to know that a dedicated neighbor is keeping watch on Holland and Lake Macatawa's official port of entry.

Please be aware that, regrettably, there is currently no access to Big Red. Please take into account that private property completely surrounds the access points to this historical treasure.

We, the Historical Lighthouse Commission, apologize for this current change in what had previously been limited and restricted access to our local landmark on Lake Michigan.

Pedestrian access to Big Red is no longer available at any time until further notice.

But we're working on it!


*Image of Big Red® at Night
Courtesy of Shelly Leigh @ Michigan Milky Way