For over 150 years a lighthouse has guided
ships safely into Eagle Harbor.
ANNOUNCEMENTS --- Adventures in History: Tuesday, July 19: Copper Cargo: Copper was transported from our local mines to Detroit and New York. What ships carried the copper? How much did they carry? What historical events occurred with the ships? What ship carried which mine's copper for use in the Washington Monument? Using data from Keweenaw County mines and from the docks at Eagle River and Eagle Harbor, maritime researcher Barb Koski will discuss how Keweenaw Copper was shipped for processing. The talk will be in the Eagle Harbor Community Building (Fee $6 -$5 Members) from 7 - 9 P.M. See our Adventures in History page for additional information.
NOTE: There will also be an open house at the Eagle Harbor Life-Saving Station from 10 AM until 7 PM on the 19th .
-- The schedule and performers for the 8th Annual MusicFest at the historic Gay School on July 23 is now available. See our calendar page for more information..
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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.
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.
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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