Old Michigan City Light
Old Michigan City Quick Facts
Year Station Established: 1837
Is the Light operational? No
Year Light First Lit: 1858
Tower Height: 34 ft.
Original Optic: 5th Order, Fresnel
Present Optic: REMOVED
Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
Year Constructed: 1858
Number of Stories: 3
Construction Materials: Brick/Wood
Old Michigan Lighthouse
Michigan City, IN
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Last Visited: June, 2002
This lighthouse replaced an earlier wooden tower and house that, acording to legend, was blown down during a storm just after the keeper lit the lamp. The keeper in question, Miss Harriet Colfax, was one of the few female keepers on the Great Lakes and served a long tenure from 1853 to 1904. The light was moved to the structure on the east pier in 1904, but the house remained a keeper's residence until 1940.
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Nearest Address: 1 Washington St, Michigan City, IN
- From I-94 take exit 40 onto Route 35 north towards Michigan City.
- Stay on Route 35 for 4.3 miles then turn left onto Route 12.
- As soon as you turn onto Route 12 take a right onto Pine St.
- Pine St. will turn into Franklin St. Continue over the river onto Lakeshore Drive.
- On the left you will see Old Michigan Light. Continue on Lakeshore Drive and into the State Park to see Michigan City East Pierhead Light.
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