Before we had electronic navigational systems on ships, people used lighthouses to guide ships around dangerous coastlines. According to Wikipedia, the modern era of lighthouse construction began at the turn of the 18th century. With the increase of transatlantic travel, people became really aware of the greater need for the light to guide ocean travelers around dangerous coastlines. The light from these lighthouses be seen up to 20 miles [32 Km] away.
Do you know which US State has the most lighthouses along its coast? If you guessed Michigan, you would be correct! Of the over 1,000 lighthouses in the United States of America, approximately 150 of them are found in Michigan. Because of their important role in the history of the United States, the symbol of the lighthouse has become an important cultural symbol even though it is no longer as necessary to the shipping industry as it once was.
As you and your loved ones assemble this 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle entitled “Bon Voyage: United States”, it would be a great time to explore the history of Lighthouses in the United States or another country, and maybe even make plans to go visit one nearest you.