Ontanagon Lighthouse
Ontonagon, MI. Lake Superior

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ONTONAGON LIGHTHOUSE

State: MICHIGAN
Location: ONTONAGON RIVER MOUTH/LAKE SUPERIOR
Nearest City: ONTONAGON
County: ONTONAGON
U.S.C.G. District: 9

Year Station Established: 1852/1853

Existing Historic Tower: YES

  • Year Light First Lit: 1866
  • Is the Light Operational? NO
  • Date Deactivated: January 1, 1963
  • Automated: No
  • Foundation Materials: NATURAL/EMPLACED
  • Construction Materials: BRICK, Milwaukee Cream City
  • Markings/Patterns: YELLOW BRICK W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: SQUARE
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 34
  • Original Optic: FIFTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: Transferred from original 1857 station where it was first installed into present structure in 1866
  • Present Optic: REMOVED July 1963
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 36.5 feet
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: ORIGINAL LENS ON DISPLAY AT ONTONAGON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
  • Has tower been moved? NO

Previous Tower(s):
1. Construction Date: 1851
Description: Wooden dwelling with tower rising from the center.
Fate/Disposition: DISMANTLED IN 1866 when current light constructed

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES (MODIFIED W/KITCHEN ADDITION in 1890, DORMERS ADDED in 1904)

  • Year Constructed: 1866
  • Number of Stories: 1.5
  • Architectural Style: ATTACHED (SCHOOL HOUSE)
  • Construction Materials: YELLOW BRICK

Other Structures: OIL HOUSE, PRIVY

Current Use: HISTORICAL TOURS/MUSEUM SEPARATE LOCATION

Owner/Manager: Previously owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's leased to the Ontonogan Historical Society Museum. In August 2003, a land patent was officially issued by the U.S. Government to the Ontonagon Historical Society to transfer ownership of the lighthouse to them.

Open to the Public? YES (Goto Publicly Accessible Lighthouses for access information)

Non-NPS Web Site: Ontanogon Historical Society

National Register Status: LISTED Reference #75000960
Name of Listing: ONTONAGON LIGHTHOUSE
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 1975

Miscellaneous: Major restoration work to exterior completed in summer of 2009. Interior restoration nearly complete summer of 2009.

 
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Revised: 08/11/09.