The original Vermilion Lighthouse was built in 1847. The story is the same for all the lighthouses along the Erie shoreline—to divert ships and schooners away from danger. Romantic in every way, these structures are usually located along shorelines surrounded by sweet, welcoming townships.
Years ago, Lake Erie was a dumping ground for trash and garbage. Today, however, things are much different. The lake is no longer used for this and the evidence of past mistakes are no longer devastating. In fact, people who walk the beaches make a hobby of picking up and collecting wave tossed and sanded down beach glass. The guy with us found these pieces and told us that glass pieces like these are used for jewelery and decoration. And red glass can fetch a lot of money. Wish I had hung around and looked for some of that!