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Ohio Beacon Sold

By Timothy Harrison


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Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light in Ohio.
Photo by: Dave Pincombe

The majestic Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse in Ohio has been sold at auction to 87-year-old businessman Jerome Osborne for $77,000.

The lighthouse was originally offered for free to any nonprofit or local or state government entity that wanted it. To the disappointment of many lighthouse preservationists, no one wanted the lighthouse, not even the local community, so the General Services Administration auctioned it off.

The Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse is fairly new by lighthouse standards. It was built in 1925 to replace the Fairport Harbor Lighthouse, which still stands today as a museum.

Osborne is reportedly known for his interest in historic preservation and most locals say he will be a good steward. That's all fine for now, but what will happen when he's gone?

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