Waugoshance Lighthouse
Mackinaw City, MI. Lake Michigan

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WAUGOSHANCE LIGHT

State: MICHIGAN
Location: NW OF WAUGOSHANCE ISLAND/LAKE MICHIGAN
Nearest City: WAUGOSHANCE ISLAND
County: EMMET
U.S.C.G. District: 9

Year Station Established: 1832

Existing Historic Tower:

  • Year Light First Lit: 1851
  • Is the Light Operational? NO
  • Date Deactivated: 1912
  • Automated:
  • Foundation Materials: TIMBER CRIB FILLED W/STONE
  • Construction Materials: BRICK ENCASED W/IRON PLATE
  • Markings/Patterns: NATURAL
  • Shape: CONICAL (ENCASED IN IRON IN 1883)
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 76
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed:
  • Present Optic: REMOVED
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane:
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO

Previous Tower(s):
1. Construction Date: 1832
Description: WOODEN LIGHTSHIP
Fate/Disposition: REPLACED WITH 1851 TOWER

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? UNKNOWN

  • Year Constructed: 1883
  • Construction Materials:
  • Architectural Style:
  • Fog Signal Type: ORIG. BELL, STEAM WHISTLE

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES (BURNED OUT SHELL)

  • Year Constructed: 1852
  • Number of Stories: 2.5
  • Architectural Style: INTEGRAL
  • Construction Materials: BRICK/IRON PLATE

Other Structures:

Current Use: ABANDONED

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD

Open to the Public? NO

Web Site: LINK

National Register Status: LISTED Reference #83000841
Name of Listing: WAUGOSHANCE LIGHT STATION (U.S. COAST GUARD/GREAT LAKES
TR) On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous: 1ST MAJOR CRIB STRUCTURE BUILT FOR A LIGHTHOUSE ON GREAT LAKES; PIER RECONSTRUCTED 1870; USED "BIRDCAGE LANTERN"; REPLACED BY WHITE SHOAL & GRAYS REEF LIGHTS

 
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Revised: 08/24/03.