Huron Island MI 2004.jpg (5.08 MB)
Photo Courtesy of:
US Lighthouse Society Archives
Collection / Donor:
WEST HURON ISLAND/LAKE SUPERIOR
City / Town:
OWNER & ACCESS
Open to Public:
Light List Data:
Year Tower Established:
Tower Construction Material:
Height of light above mean high water, in feet:
197 FT ABOVE WATER
Height, in feet, from base of structure to center of lantern:
Fog Signal Building?:
Fog Signal Bldg Construction Materials:
Year Keeper's Quarters:
Keeper's Quarters Style:
Keeper's Quarters Construction:
OIL HOUSE, BOATHOUSE
ELECTRIC OSCILLATOR LIGHT
Original Optic Type:
THREE-ONE-HALF ORDER FRESNEL
Year Original Lens Installed:
USCG Access to Optics:
- The Huron Islands are a group of seven small islands located in the shipping channel below the Keweenaw Peninsula in Lake Superior. The lighthouse is located on the western-most island.
- 1867: Congress appropriated $17,000 for a lighthouse “somewhere” in the Huron Islands. Surveyors later recommended that it be placed on the western- most island.
- 1868: The first lighthouse was lit on October 20.
- 1881: Two fog signal buildings were built a half mile away from the lighthouse.
- 1883: A new boathouse and dock were constructed. A tramway was built from the dock to the fog signal building.
- 1930s: Compressed air diaphone fog signal installed. Ship to shore radio installed.
- 1939: Lighthouse electrified by Coast Guard installed diesel powered generators.
- 1940s: Coast Guard built new keeper’s house to accommodate the five men stationed there.
- 1961: New barracks built near the fog signal building.
- 1972: Lighthouse automated.
Jul 20, 2017