Lighthouse News of the Week

News of the week March 17, 2023

The Lighthouse Road Trip On The Southern California Coast That’s Dreamily Beautiful

There is just something about lighthouses. Maybe it is their immense importance in keeping ships from disaster, or their constancy – their beacon shining for decades.

New Point Loma, CA – Skip Sherwood

Or maybe it is the image of the life, solitude, and responsibility of a lighthouse keeper.

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To the Five Mile Point (CT) Lighthouse

This piece evolved from a much simpler prompt. On Monday, I journeyed To the Lighthouse — Five Mile Point Light, overlooking the Long Island Sound — and was asked to “profile the historic landmark” for the News. Before I left, I did some research. It seemed promising.

Five Mile Point, CT – USLHS archives

Five Mile Point Light is also on the National Register of Historic Places, and for good reason.

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Key West (FL) Lighthouse By Night: Ghost Tours, Haunted Tales, & Spooky Experiences

Who would imagine that the beautiful Key West Lighthouse, with its picturesque view and magnificent grounds, is also a haunted tower with a spooky past?

Key West, FL – Jeremy D’Entremont

Several tourists have visited the lighthouse for the …

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NAS Pensacola allows public access to Naval Aviation Museum and Pensacola lighthouse (FL) for one weekend

Naval Air Station Pensacola will allow a weekend of public access to the installation March 25 and 26, 2023.

Pensacola, FL – J. Candace Clifford

Public access to NAS Pensacola March 25 and 26 will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the West Gate only on Blue Angel Parkway. All guests 18 and older must have a valid state or federal picture ID such as driver’s license or passport.

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Special 200th anniversary for Ocracoke Lighthouse announced

There’s a big celebration planned as the Ocracoke Light Station will soon turn 200 years old this spring.

Ocracoke, NC – Amanda Haddox

The 75-foot-tall lighthouse was built in 1823. It is the oldest lighthouse in the state and the second oldest working lighthouse in the country.

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Iconic lighthouse could transfer to Muskegon South Breakwater (MI) city ownership as repair plans take shape

MUSKEGON, MI – Muskegon city officials are considering taking ownership of the iconic Lake Michigan lighthouse that has been owned by a conservancy for the past 12 years.

Muskegon South Breakwater, MI – USLHS archives

The 91-year-old “south breakwater lighthouse” is in line for needed repairs, for which $800,000 in state funding has been pledged.

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154-year-old lighthouse with ‘commanding view’ of Mackinac Bridge to be restored

MACKINAW CITY, MI – A historic lighthouse that has a “commanding view” of the Mackinac Bridge and the Straits of Mackinac is about to get a nearly $100,000 overhaul.

McGulpin Point, MI – Skip Sherwood

Built in 1869, the 154-year-old McGulpin Point Lighthouse operated as a navigational beacon for ships traversing the Straits of Mackinac until 1906. It now serves at the centerpiece of a 10-acre Emmet County park in Mackinaw City and attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually.

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History buffs cast shade on Chevrolet for gaffe over famed Michigan Fort Gratiot lighthouse

General Motors’ Chevrolet dealers in Michigan like to show off vehicles on social media by placing them in front o recognizable landmarks.

Fort Gratiot, MI – Chad Kaiser

But recently…

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VIDEO: Point Moore (AU) lighthouse proves to be a unique sound chamber

On the edge of the Indian Ocean, the Point Moore lighthouse in Geraldton, Western Australia has stood as a beacon for seafarers since 1878 but as Chris Lewis reports, this historic structure is now proving to be the perfect chamber to capture the rich sounds made by a variety of musical instruments.

Point Moore, AU – Orderinchaos wikimediacommons

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Great Lakes’ Duluth Harbor North Pierhead (MN) lighthouse so small it only ‘fits about 4 people’ given to nonprofit

A small Great Lakes lighthouse has been given to a nonprofit that plans to open it up for public tours – although it only “fits about four people,” officials said.

Duluth Harbor North Breakwater – Jenny Swanson

The federal government awarded the 43-foot historic Duluth Harbor North Pierhead Light on Lake Superior to Rethos, a historic preservation nonprofit based in St. Paul, Minn., MPR News reports. The lighthouse, built in 1910, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It sits at the end of the Duluth, Minn., shipping canal’s north breakwater.

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