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MENDOTA (BETE GRISE) LIGHT

State: MICHIGAN
Location: MENDOTA SHIP CHANNEL / LAKE SUPERIOR
Nearest City: BETE GRISE
County: KEWEENAW
U.S.C.G. District: 9
Year Station Established: 1870


Mendota (Bete Grise) Light
Photo courtesy Gary Kohs
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1895
  • Is the Light Operational? YES (PRIVATE AID TO NAVIGATIO
  • Date Deactivated: 1960-1998
  • Automated: 1933
  • Foundation Materials:
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: YELLOW W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: SQUARE
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 44
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1895
  • Present Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1998
  • Height of Focal Plane:
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: ORIGINAL LENS RESTORED AND PLACED IN LANTERN
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1870
  • Description: WOODEN TOWER
  • Fate/Disposition:
Modern Tower?

Existing Sound Signal Building?

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1895
  • Number of Stories: 2.5
  • Architectural Style: T-SHAPED
  • Construction Materials: YELLOW BRICK
Other Structures: OIL HOUSE, 2-STORY BARN, PRIVY, BOATHOUSE, 2 DOCKS

Current Use: PRIVATE AID TO NAVIGATION / PRIVATE RESIDENCE

Owner/Manager: PRIVATE OWNER

Open to the Public? YES (BY APPOINTMENT)

Web Site:

National Register Status: PART OF LISTING; Reference #80004840
Name of Listing: HISTORIC ENGINEERING & INDUSTRIAL SITES IN MICHIGAN TR
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
REPLACED BY PIERHEAD LIGHTS 1960



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