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Huron in Erie County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Huron Block House

1930s to Present

Huron Block House Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 8, 2019
1. Huron Block House Marker
Inscription.  Recognizing the importance of Huronís harbor, a group of Huron and Milan businessmen formed the Huron Harbor Company to make improvements to the harbor. The project was partially funded by the sale at public auction of one half of the town plat of Huron, which consisted of 120 acres. When the Huron Harbor Company exhausted its funds in 1827, the federal government assumed control of the project.

In addition to dredging the mouth of the river, two parallel piers and the first Huron lighthouse were constructed. Made of wood, the lighthouse was battered by the storms of Lake Erie and began to fall apart. It was rebuilt in 1857 at the end of the west pier, where the blockhouse still stands. Constructed of iron, the new lighthouse contained a spiral staircase that wound through the middle of the structure to the tip, where the light and foghorn were located.

The lighthouse was maintained by a lighthouse keeper who was responsible for keeping the eight oil-burning lamps lighted at all times. To do so, the keeper had to trek back and forth to the lighthouse several times a day.

In the 1930s a $471,519 harbor project
Huron Block House Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 8, 2019
2. Huron Block House Marker
was begun, which included deepening and widening the Huron River, extending the west pier, dismantling the east pier and building a new lighthouse.

Constructed in the art deco style popular at that time period, the pyramidal structure rose 65 feet above a concrete pedestal at the end of the newly extended pier, three quarters of a mile from shore. The lighthouse was powered by an ice-protected cable running alongside the pier and equipped with a fog detector and horn, and a light that could be seen 18 miles away on a clear night.

The Huron lighthouse became one of the most impressive and modern lighthouses on the Great Lakes, and contributed significantly to Huron Harborís continued success as one of Lake Erieís busiest ports.

Today the lighthouse remains unchanged from when it was first built, with the exception of the removal of the lantern room and other minor modifications.
Erected by City of Huron.
Location. 41° 24.118′ N, 82° 32.772′ W. Marker is in Huron, Ohio, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from Main Street near Huron Pier. It is on the elevated platform at the end of the concrete part of the pier. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huron OH 44839, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Legacy of the Huron Docks (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different
Huron Block House Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 8, 2019
3. Huron Block House Lighthouse
marker also named Legacy of the Huron Docks (approx. 0.3 miles away); Huron Lighthouses / Huronís Maritime History (approx. 0.4 miles away); John Baptiste Flemmond (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named The Legacy of the Huron Docks (approx. half a mile away); Huron / Erie County (approx. half a mile away); Christ Episcopal Church (approx. half a mile away); The Wright House and the Underground Railroad/Old Main Street (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huron.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 8, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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