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Restoration of Copper Harbor Lighthouse


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Michigan’s remote 1866 Copper Harbor Lighthouse has recently undergone some restoration work thanks to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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Work that originally started in September of 2019 included repairs to the foundation and walls. Eric Cadeau, regional planner for the Michigan DNR Parks and Recreation Division, said, “Approximately 1,000 bricks were replaced. In order to insure historical accuracy, the replacement bricks included reclaimed light orange/pink Chicago Common bricks sourced from Colonial Brick Company in Chicago and replica light yellow/milk cream Milwaukee cream bricks sourced separately.”

The restoration work was done by National Restoration of Milford, Michigan and funded by the DNR Recreation Passport Cultural Resource Stewardship and the DNR Improvement/Park Endowment funds.

The Copper Harbor Lighthouse was automated in 1919 and became part of Michigan’s Fort Wilkins State Park in 1957. (Photos courtesy Barry James, Michigan DNR)

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