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Property Name Keweenaw Waterway Upper Entrance Light
Reference Number 14000425
State Michigan
County Houghton
Town Hancock Township
Street Address Lake Superior, E breakwater Keweenaw Waterway N end. 0.4 mi offshore
Multiple Property Submission Name Light Stations of the United States
Status Listed 7/18/2014
Areas of Significance Maritime History, Transportation, Architecture, Engineering
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The Keweenaw Waterway Upper Entrance Light was established in 1950 to guide vessels navigating the northern end of the Keweenaw Waterway, an important maritime thoroughfare in Houghton County, Michigan. It stands in western Lake Superior at the entry to the Keweenaw Waterway's Portage Lake Ship Canal. This lighthouse is significant in the local history of Houghton County. It qualifies for inclusion in the National Register under Criterion A. by exemplifying the long-term Federal government program to improve maritime safety on the Great Lakes through constructing aids to navigation. It also qualifies under Criterion C. for being a well-preserved example of middle twentieth century architectural design and engineering methods used in constructing offshore lighthouses in the Great Lakes. This property includes a steel caisson foundation, concrete fog signal building, and a steel light tower that exemplifies aspects of Streamlined Moderne design. Its period of historical significance begins in 1950 and ends in 1964, the most recent year of its operation 50 years before the present. The Keweenaw Waterway Upper Entrance Light possesses historic integrity in its design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association. It is widely recognized in Houghton County as a historical landmark.

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