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Waukegan Breakwater postcard face - click to enlarge

Waukegan Breakwater postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Waukegan Breakwater

State: IL
Year established: 1898
Latitude: 42 deg 21 min 44 sec N
Longitude: 87 deg 48 min 38 sec W

Original construction:
temporary iron post supporting a white lens lantern erected at the outer end of the north breakwater as its construction neared completion

1908: white hexagonal pyramid topped by a domed hexagonal shaft with a glazed belt which formed the lantern, 31 feet above lake level

razed in 1938

This light is often confused with the Waukegan Harbor Light, which is also at the end of a breakwater; the information was provided in part by Beverly Millard of the Waukegan Historical Society.

More information:

U.S. Lighthouse Board, List of Lights, Buoys, and Daymarks of the United States on the Northern Lakes and Rivers, (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1908)