Grand Traverse Lighthouse
Northport, MI. Lake Michigan

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GRAND TRAVERSE LIGHT

State: MICHIGAN
Location: GRAND TRAVERSE POINT/LEELANAU PENINSULA/LAKE MICHIGAN
Nearest City: NORTHPORT
County: LEELANAU
U.S.C.G. District: 9

Year Station Established: 1852

Existing Historic Tower:

  • Year Light First Lit: 1858
  • Is the Light Operational? NO
  • Date Deactivated: 1972
  • Automated: 1972
  • Foundation Materials: DRESSED STONE/TIMBER
  • Construction Materials: BRICK/WOOD/IRON
  • Markings/Patterns: RED W/BLACK TRIM
  • Shape: NINE-SIDED ON ROOF OF DWELLING
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 47
  • Original Optic: FIFTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1858
  • Present Optic: REMOVED
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 50
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: FOURTH ORDER FRESNEL ON DISPLAY IN MUSEUM
  • Has tower been moved? NO

Previous Tower(s):
1. Construction Date: 1851
Description: SEPARATE ROUND
Fate/Disposition: TORN DOWN

Modern Tower? YES

  • Year Tower Constructed: 1972
  • Type: SKELETAL
  • Height of Focal Plane: 47
  • Current Optic: DCB 24 Year Installed: 1972

Existing Sound Signal Building? YES

  • Year Constructed: 1899
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Architectural Style: FLEMISH REVIVAL
  • Fog Signal Type: ELECTRIC OSCILLATOR (1966), DIAPHONE HORN (1934) STEAM WHISTLE

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES

  • Year Constructed: 1858
  • Number of Stories: 2.5
  • Architectural Style: MIDWEST VICTORIAN
  • Construction Materials: BRICK

Other Structures: BRICK AND METAL OIL HOUSE

Current Use: MUSEUM IN STATE PARK

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD LEASE TO MICHIGAN DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Open to the Public? YES (Goto Publicly Accessible Lighthouses for access information)

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED Reference #84001799
Name of Listing: GRAND TRAVERSE LIGHT (U.S. COAST GUARD/GREAT LAKES TR)
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 1991

Miscellaneous: Alpena's Fourth Order Fresnel Lens on display in keepers house.

 
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Revised: 08/23/03.