South Manitou Island Light Station

South Manitou Island Light Station

Lake Michigan

1858 (station established 1840). Inactive since 1872. 2-1/2 story brick keeper’s house; the light tower was removed in 1872. The building remained in use as the keeper’s house for the 1872 lighthouse (next entry).   1872 (O.M. Poe). Reactivated (inactive 1958-2009, now maintained by the National Park Service); focal plane about 105 ft (32 m); continuous white light. 104 ft (31.5 m) round brick tower attached to a 2-1/2 story brick keeper’s house (1858). Fog signal building (1875). The light was deactivated in favor of a buoy off the end of the South Manitou Island Shoal. The lighthouse was formerly endangered by beach erosion, which is now controlled by a seawall. The National Park Service, which has a page for the lighthouse, is working on restoration of the light station. In 2008, Park Service workers repaired the stairs and lantern room and installed an acrylic replica of the original 3rd order lens. The lighthouse was reactivated on 30 May 2009.

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