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Ludington North Pierhead Lighthouse Michigan
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Ludington LightThe Ludington Light is a 57 feet (17 m) tall steel-plated lighthouse in Ludington, Michigan, which lies along the eastern shores of Lake Michigan, at the end of the breakwater on the Pere Marquette Harbor. Given its location on the northern breakwater where the Pere Marquette River meets Lake Michigan, it is sometimes known as the Ludington North Breakwater Light. Underlying the building itself is a prow-like structure, which is designed to break waves.
HistoryThe station was established in 1871 (145 years ago). This light was first lit in 1924 (92 years ago), and it is presently operational. It was automated in 1972 (44 years ago). The light is structurally integrated into the steel and reinforced concrete pier upon which it is built. It has a square pyramidal form, and is white with a black lantern. The original lens was a Fourth Order Fresnel lens. On Oct. 17, 1995 (21 years ago) the Fresnel lens was removed from the lantern. It was replaced by a Tidelands Signal 300 mm acrylic optic. The original lens was loaned to Historic White Pine Village where it is displayed as part of their maritime history exhibit.
A fog signal building is integrated into the tower. It originally had a Type F Diaphone signal, and a FA-232 is now in operation. A radiobeacon is also in place and operational.
In 2006 (10 years ago), the Ludington Breakwater Lighthouse was opened to the public for the first time in its history. The Coast Guard transferred ownership to the City of Ludington under the terms of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act. and it is being operated and maintained in partnership with the Big Sable Lighthouse Keepers Association which is a volunteer group that maintains, restores and operates this light and the Big Sable Point Light.
The lighthouse is open to the public a few days each summer for climbing tours. Schedules of days open can be obtained at the Visitor's Center downtown. It is currently operational as an active aid to navigation.
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