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MANITOU ISLAND LIGHT

State: MICHIGAN
Location: OFF KEEWANAU PENINSULA / LAKE SUPERIOR
Nearest City: COPPER HARBOR
County: KEWEENAW
U.S.C.G. District: 9
Year Station Established: 1850



Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1861
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1978
  • Foundation Materials: DESTROYED BY EROSION
  • Construction Materials: IRON
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE
  • Shape: SKELETAL W/CENTRAL COLUMN
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 80
  • Original Optic: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1861
  • Present Optic: 190 MM
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 81
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date:
  • Description:
  • Fate/Disposition:
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? UNKNOWN
  • Year Constructed:
  • Construction Materials:
  • Architectural Style:
  • Fog Signal Type: WHISTLE
Existing Keepers Quarters?
  • Year Constructed: 1861
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: RECTANGULAR FRAME
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
Other Structures: BOATHOUSE; SKELETAL TOWER ATTACHED TO HOUSE VIA ENCLOSED PASSAGEWAY

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: KEWEENAW LAND TRUST

Open to the Public? NO

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #84001773
Name of Listing: MANITOU ISLAND LIGHT STATION (U.S. COAST GUARD/GREAT LAKES TR)
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
ALONG WITH WHITEFISH POINT IS OLDEST SKELETAL TOWER ON GREAT LAKES; PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN GROWTH OF MICHIGAN COPPER INDUSTRY. TRANSFERRED TO THE KEWEENAW LAND TRUST IN 2004 UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE NATIONAL HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE PRESERVATION ACT.



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