Friday, August 18, 2017

GRAND ISLAND NORTH (OLD NORTH) LIGHTHOUSE

GRAND ISLAND/LAKE SUPERIOR
Station Established: 1854
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1867
Operational? NO
Automated? YES 1961
Deactivated: 1961
Foundation Materials:
Construction Materials: BRICK
Tower Shape: SQUARE
Markings/Pattern: SQUARE BRICK TOWER ATTACHED TO DWELLING
Relationship to Other Structure: ATTACHED
Original Lens: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL

Historical Information:

  • 1853 – Congress appropriated $5,000 for a lighthouse on Grand Island.
  • 1856 – Lighthouse completed.
  • 1860 – Walkways and tramline built to connect boathouse and lighthouse.
  • 1865 – Inspector recommended replacing the lighthouse.
  • 1866 – Congress approved $12,000 for new lighthouse.
  • 1867 – New, brick lighthouse built.
  • 1882 – Fog signal was requested for this site, but never received Congressional approval.
  • 1885 – Walkway rebuilt.
  • 1927 – Lighthouse automated.
  • 1961 – Light moved to 25’ steel pole.

Researched and written by Marie Vincent, a volunteer through the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society.