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Passage Island postcard face - click to enlarge

Passage Island postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Passage Island

State: MI
Year established: 1882
Latitude: 48 deg 13 min 28 sec N
Longitude: 88 deg 21 min 39 sec W
Height above sea level: 78 feet

Original construction:
current 44-foot octagonal fieldstone tower and attached dwelling

automated in 1978; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashing white every 5 seconds, visible for 17 nautical miles; fog horn 1 blast every 30 seconds

grounds managed by Isle Royal National Park

More information:
U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service Cultural Resources with Candace Clifford as Project Manager. Inventory of Historic Light Stations, (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1994), p. 189
Roberts, Bruce and Jones, Ray, Great Lakes Lighthouses Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior, (Old Saybrook, CT: The Globe Pequot Press, 1994) p. 110
Berger, Todd R., Lighthouses of the Great Lakes, (Stillwater, MN: Voyageur Press, 2002), p. 136