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Huron postcard face - click to enlarge

Huron postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Historical chart


State: OH
Year established: 1835
Latitude: 41 deg 24 min 16 sec N
Longitude: 82 deg 32 min 37 sec W
Height above sea level: 80 feet

Original construction:
Pyramidal wooden structure; destroyed by a gale in 1854

1857: replaced by iron lighthouse
1936: existing art-deco 72-foot square tower of white steel plates on a concrete foundation atop a square fog signal building.

automated in 1972; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
alternating 3 seconds red and 3 seconds dark, visible for 12 nautical miles; fog signal 2 blasts every 30 seconds

More information:
Berger, Todd R., Lighthouses of the Great Lakes, (Stillwater, MN: Voyageur Press, 2002), p. 143
U.S. Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard, Light List, Volume VII, Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River above the St. Regis River, (Washington, DC: GPO, 2004), p. 49