For over 150 years a lighthouse has guided
ships safely into Eagle Harbor.

ANNOUNCEMENTS -- 8-31-2015 Loom Workshop at the Historic School in Gay: During the Depression people in the copper mill town of Gay, Michigan, formed a company named Gay Industries to use local looms to weave rugs and other items for sale.The KCHS is happy to have a loom room in our school museum in Gay and to offer our first Loom Workshop. It will be held on Saturday, Sept 5, 2015 from 1 - 4 PM. Eunice Kowalski will be the instructor. Bring cloth (old sheets or similar material) to be cut into strips. They hope to have a rug or item ready to be auctioned off at the KCHS Annual Dinner on 9/20/2015. Please contact Dick at 906-337-1719 to register in advance (required) for the workshop or for additional information.
6-13-2015- Docents Wanted: Do you like to talk to visitors? Do you want to tell your friends all about the time you spend at your own personal lighthouse? If so the KCHS needs you to become a docent at our lighthouse this summer. These are volunteer, part time positions designed to meet your busy schedule. Training and materials are provided. Please contact Ginny Schubert at 906-289-4607 for additional information.
5-20-2015 - The Adventures In History brochure that was mailed with the recent Superior Signal had the wrong date for the Neil Woodward concert. The concert will be held on September 16, not August 16. The website has the correct date.
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Fresnel lens

A Fourth Order Fresnel Lens,
similar to the one originally
installed in the tower, is on
display in the lighthouse.

The copper mining industry got going on the Keweenaw Peninsula in the 1840s. Lake Superior's unreliable disposition meant that passing ships needed navigational assistance, and in 1851 the original lighthouse was built. The wooden tower which supported a fourth-order Fresnel lens illuminated by a sperm oil lamp soon deteriorated, and in 1871 it was replaced by the present red brick structure. In 1895 a fog signal was added.

In 1968, the original lens was replaced by aviation beacon-type white and red lights, which beam their warning to ships more than 20 miles offshore. After being tended by 21 keepers over a 129-year history, the lighthouse became automated in 1980.

Since 1982 the Keweenaw County Historical Society has maintained four museums at the light station. Besides the lighthouse, they include a Maritime Museum in the old fog signal building, a Keweenaw History Museum located in the old U. S. Coast Guard Station garage, and Commercial Fishing Museum located in one of the assistant keepers buildings.

Lighthouse tour

KCHS volunteers provide guided
tours of the lighthouse.

In 1999, Congress transferred ownership of the Eagle Harbor Light Station to the Keweenaw County Historical Society. The U.S. Coast Guard continues to operate the light at the top of the tower.

Planning your visit

Hours & Admission -The Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and museum complex is open from mid-June to early October. Admission $5.00. Children free.

Location - The Eagle Harbor Lighthouse Complex is located on Lighthouse Drive, not far from the swimming beach along M26 in Eagle Harbor. GPS: N 47 27.582 W 88 09.558, Decimal Degrees: 47.459705, -88.159300

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Related Links - You may wish to explore the following sites for additional information additional information about the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse.

Terry Pepper's lighthouse site

Keweenaw Geoheritage

(Geoheritage information specific to Eagle Harbor )

Exploring the North

U.S. Coast Guard Historic Light Station site