Old Michigan City Light
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Old Michigan City Quick Facts

Year Station Established: 1837

Is the Light operational? No

Year Light First Lit: 1858

Year Deactivated:

Shape: Square

Tower Height: 34   ft.

Original Optic: 5th Order, Fresnel

Present Optic: REMOVED

Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
     Year Constructed: 1858
      Number of Stories: 3
      Architectural Style:
      Construction Materials: Brick/Wood

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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.

Source: Internet Public Library

Latitude/Longitude: 41.722755,-86.906084

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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