September 21, 2006
Terry Forrest lives in Boston but has taken quite a number of photos of Michigan lighthouses. She has photos available for sale at her photography web site, and you can see a bunch more photos of this lighthouse by clicking the thumbnail below!
If you’d like to see this lighthouse up close, Keweenaw Excursions offers a boat tour of Keweenaw lighthouses.
With the meteoric growth of copper mining in the Keweenaw between 1843 and 1968, increased shipping access to the twin cities of Houghton and Hancock became increasingly important. To this end, the Portage River Canal was cut through a tamarack swamp at its western end in 1860, creating a channel 10 feet deep and 80 feet wide, opening full Portage River navigation for the largest vessels of the day from western Lake Superior…For reasons as yet undetermined, the original lighthouse was replaced with the existing fifty foot square steel Art Deco style tower at the end of the breakwater in 1950.
In the photos below you can really see the Art Deco influences.