Two Harbors MN 1995 TAT.jpg (3.23 MB)
Photo Courtesy of:
US Lighthouse Society Archives
Collection / Donor:
POINT BETWEEN AGATE & BURLINGTON BAYS
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:
78 FT ABOVE WATER
Height, in feet, from base of structure to center of lantern:
Fog Signal Building?:
Year Fog Signal Building Constructed:
Fog Signal Bldg Construction Materials:
Year Keeper's Quarters:
Keeper's Quarters Style:
ATTACHED TO TOWER
Keeper's Quarters Construction:
WOOD STORAGE BUILDING, RED BRICK OIL HOUSE, WOODEN ASST. KEEPERS DWELLING (1892), WOOD GARAGE (1936)
Original Optic Type:
FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
Year Original Lens Installed:
USCG Access to Optics:
- Oldest operating lighthouse in the State of Minnesota.
- 1891: Construction began and was completed in 1892 to help provide safe passage into Agate Bay Harbor.
- 1921: The light was first lit by electricity.
- 1941: A Radio Beacon distance finding system was installed.
- 1969: The Fresnel lens was replaced with a 24” aerobeacon with two 1000-watt bulbs, which is in current use. Original lens on display at Inland Seas Museum, Ohio.
- 1973: The fog horn was discontinued.
- 1982: The light station was decommissioned, but the light is still in use. Light Station is a current aid to navigation, museum, and a bed and breakfast inn.
- 1984: The Light Station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- 1987: U.S. Coast Guard members stopped use of the keeper’s house.
- 2001: The Lake County Historical Society assumed responsibility for the operation of the light from the U.S. Coast Guard.
- 2010: The Lake County Historical Society received a grant in 2010 from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Lake Superior Coastal Program for new exhibits at the Light Station. History of the light station is featured in the Frontenac Pilot House added by the historical society as museum space. The Light Station is open to the public.
Jul 21, 2017