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Eagle Harbor in Keweenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums

 
 
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2017
1. Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums Marker
Inscription.  In the mid-19th century, when roads to this area were almost non-existent, the infant community of Eagle Harbor saw a dramatic increase in waterborne commerce, including incoming settlers and supplies and outgoing shipments of copper and logs.

Lake Superior's unreliable disposition meant that incoming and passing ships needed navigational assistance, and in 1851 the original lighthouse was commissioned. The wooden tower, which supported a light illuminated by sperm oil lamp, quickly deteriorated and was replaced in 1871 by the present red brick structure. In 1895 a fog signal was added, and in 1929 a radio beacon was installed to further assist lake navigation and communication between ship and shore.

In 1968, the original Fresnel lens was replaced by aviation beacon-type red and white lights, which beam their warnings to ships more than 20 miles offshore. After serving under 21 keepers during its first 129 years, the lighthouse became automated in 1980.

The Keweenaw County Historical Society became the 22nd "keeper of the light" in 1982, and through museum exhibits, period furnishings and interpretive devices, the proud
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2017
2. Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums Marker
(lighthouse is behind kiosk)
history of Eagle Harbor's most prominent structure has been brought back into sharp focus.

Besides the lighthouse there are three museums on the lighthouse site. The Maritime Museum is in the old fog signal and watch building, Keweenaw History Museum in the garage building near the entrance, and the Commercial Fishing Museum in the white Assistant Lightkeeper's house.

The brown Assistant Lightkeeper's house is available to society members for weekly rental in the summer and fall - it is a spectacular setting in which to soak up the atmosphere and history of the Keweenaw.

In 1999 the Congress of the United States transferred ownership of the Eagle Harbor Light Station to the Historical Society. The Coast Guard continues to operate the light at the top of the tower.

Information about the Society and its other Keweenaw sites and museums is available at the lighthouse.
 
Erected by Keweenaw County Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses series list.
 
Location. 47° 27.575′ N, 88° 9.601′ W. Marker is in Eagle Harbor, Michigan, in Keweenaw
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse (<i>south elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2017
3. Eagle Harbor Lighthouse (south elevation)
County. Marker is on Lighthouse Road north of East North Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse grounds entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 670 Lighthouse Road, Mohawk MI 49950, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wood-Stock Anchor (a few steps from this marker); Fog Signal Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Iron-Stock Anchor (within shouting distance of this marker); Riveted Bell Buoy (within shouting distance of this marker); Michigan DNR Marina (within shouting distance of this marker); Eagle Harbor Entrance Channel and Range Lights (within shouting distance of this marker); Eagle Harbor (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Eagle Harbor General Store (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eagle Harbor.
 
Regarding Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums. National Register of Historic Places #84001745.
 
Also see . . .
1. Eagle Harbor Lighthouse. The Eagle Harbor Light was of great importance to steamers sailing between Duluth and Sault Ste. Marie. The intensity of the light was increased roughly eight-fold on June 20, 1913, by changing the illuminant from oil to incandescent oil vapor. In 1924, ruby glass was placed over one of the flash panels, changing the light’s characteristic to a fixed white
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2017
4. Eagle Harbor Lighthouse
light with alternating red and white flashes. The lighthouse itself was made more visible to mariners during daylight hours, when the side of the redbrick tower facing the lake was painted white on April 13, 1925. The Coast Guard replaced the fourth-order Fresnel lens in 1962 with a pair of DCB-224 aerobeacons that produce alternating red and white flashes. (Submitted on July 18, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Eagle Harbor Lighthouse. Eagle Harbor was a very dangerous area for boats entering the harbor. Entrance to this harbor of refuge from Lake Superior is between two rock cribs. The cribs were built in the winter of 1878 and sunk in the spring. Storms on this part of the coast are especially violent as waves come crashing onto the rocks across the open water from Canada. (Submitted on July 18, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Eagle Harbor Light (Wikipedia). The octagonal brick light tower is ten feet in diameter, with walls 12 inches (300 mm) thick and it supports a 10-sided cast iron lantern. The Lighthouse was manned by a head keeper and two assistant keepers. (Submitted on July 18, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse (<i>northeast/lakeside elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2017
5. Eagle Harbor Lighthouse (northeast/lakeside elevation)
The lighthouse was made more visible to mariners during daylight hours when the side of the redbrick tower facing the lake was painted white.
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse National Register of Historic Places Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2017
6. Eagle Harbor Lighthouse National Register of Historic Places Plaque
(mounted beside entrance at southwest corner of lighthouse)
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse (<i>view from the northwest</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2017
7. Eagle Harbor Lighthouse (view from the northwest)
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse (<i>southeast elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 2, 2017
8. Eagle Harbor Lighthouse (southeast elevation)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 18, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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