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Name: Milwaukee Pierhead Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Location: Milwaukee Harbor, Lake Michigan.

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Photo: Alan Culley

Managing Organization:
U.S. Coast Guard

Tower Height: 42

Height of Focal Plane: 45

Characteristic and Range: Red flash every 4 seconds.

Description of Tower: Red, conical cast iron tower.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1872

Date Present Tower Built: 1906

Optics: 1906: Fourth order Fresnel lens; later fifth order Fresnel lens (removed and replaced by modern optic, now at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc).

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

The pier and lighthouse can be accessed through Festival Park in Milwaukee.


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