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Name: Old Presque Isle Light   Map it!

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Also known as: Presque Isle Light

Nearest Town or City:
Presque Isle, Michigan, United States

Location: Presque Isle peninsula, Lake Huron.

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Managing Organization:
Old Presque Isle Lighthouse

Telephone: 517-595-2787

Contact Address Information:
5295 Grand Lake Road
Presque Isle
Michigan, 49777, United States

This lighthouse was replaced by a new Presque Isle Lighthouse, a mile away, in 1871. It was bought by a private owner in 1897 for $75. At that time not much of the tower was left, and only the foundation of the keeper's house remained. The owners rebuilt the house and tower. The station was sold to the local township in 1995. Even though the light is inactive, there are stories that many people have seen a light glowing at night in the empty lantern room.

Tower Height: 38

Description of Tower: White, conical stone and brick tower.

This light is not operational

Other Buildings?
1840 1 1/2 story keeper's house.

Date Established: 1840

Date Present Tower Built: 1840

Date Deactivated: 1871

Optics: Fourth order Fresnel lens (relocated from SouthFox Island Lighthouse in the 1950s).

Current Use: Museum

Open To Public? Yes

The lighthouse station is maintained as a maritime museum. It is open from mid-May through mid -September, seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The lighthouse tower is also open to the public.

From US Route 23, take Highway 638 toward Lake Huron and watch for signs for the lighthouse. Turn left on Grand Lake Road and follow to the lighthouse.

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: Henry L. Woolsey (1840-1849), Stephen V. Thornton (1849-1855), Louis J. Metevier (1855-1861), Patrick Garrity (1861-1871).


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