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Name: Ontonagon Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Ontonagon, Michigan, United States

Location: Mouth of Ontonagon River, Lake Superior.

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Managing Organization:
Ontonagon County Historical Society

Telephone: 906-884-6165


Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 92
422 River Street
Michigan, 49953, United States

After this lighthouse discontinued, ownership was transferred to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In August 2003 the Ontonagon County Historical Society obtained ownership of the lighthouse for the purposes of rehabilitating the building and opening it for public tours.

Tower Height: 34

Description of Tower: Square brick tower attached to keeper's dwelling.

This light is not operational

Other Buildings?
Integral 1.5 story brick keeper's house, oil house, privy.

Earlier Towers?
1852: Brick tower.

Date Established: 1852

Date Present Tower Built: 1866

Date Deactivated: 1964

Optics: 1857: Fifth order Fresnel lens, now on display at the Ontonagon County Historical Museum.

Current Use: Coast Guard Auxiliary meeting place.

Open To Public? By appointment.

The Ontonagon County Historical Museum is at 422 River Street, not far from the lighthouse. The museum houses a replica of the famous Ontonagon copper boulder and the original Fresnel lens from the Ontonagon Lighthouse. It is open January through May: 9 to 5 Monday through Friday, and June through December 9 to 5 Monday through Saturday. Open weekends by appointment.

Follow M-38 into Ontonagon. Continue as the road becomes River Street. Park at the Ontonagon County Historical Museum at 422 River Street; you can get directions to the lighthouse from there. Lighthouse Tours are available in summer Monday - Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., originating at the Ontonagon County Historical Society Museum at 422 River Street. Tours are also available by appointment, including during the offseason. Tour groups are welcome by appointment on Sundays, too.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: Samuel Peck (1853-1857); Michael Spellman (1857-1862); Adolphus Schuler (1862-1864); Thomas Stripe (1864-1883); James Corgan (1883-1919); Charles Henry (1922-1925), Earl Hand (1922-1925), Fred Warner (1925-1939), James Gagnon (1939-1944), Alvah Carpenter (1944), Arnold Huuki (1945-1963).

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