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FORT GRATIOT LIGHT

State: MICHIGAN
Location: LAKE HURON / ST. CLAIR RIVER
Nearest City: PORT HURON
County: ST. CLAIR
U.S.C.G. District: 9
Year Station Established: 1825


Fort Gratiot Light
NPS photo by James P. Delgado, 1989
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1829
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1933
  • Foundation Materials: DRESSED STONE/TIMBER
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE
  • Shape: CONICAL ATTACHED TO WORKROOM
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 82
  • Original Optic: FIFTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed:
  • Present Optic: DCB-24
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 86
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date:
  • Description:
  • Fate/Disposition:
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? YES (INTACT BUT GUTTED)
  • Year Constructed: 1901
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Architectural Style:
  • Fog Signal Type: HORN (OFFSHORE)
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1875
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: DUPLEX
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
Other Structures:

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: CITY OF PORT HURON

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information or to Port Huron Museum)

National Register Status: LISTED Reference #76001975
Name of Listing: FORT GRATIOT LIGHTHOUSE
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
OLDEST SURVIVING LIGHTHOUSE IN MICHIGAN; FIRST ON LAKE HURON; ORIGINALLY 65 FEET, EXTENDED TO 86 FEET IN 1861; CITY PARK ADJACENT TO STATION; RECOMMENDED FOR TRANSFER TO THE CITY OF PORT HURON IN 2005 UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE NATIONAL HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE PRESERVATION ACT.



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