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Grosse Point Lighthouse

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Identification

Grosse Point Lighthouse
211560

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Structure in General

lighthouse
existing [completed]

Usages

ship guidance

Facts

  • The lighthouse stands at a point on the Lake Michigan shoreline where the sloping coast of the North Shore suburbs forms an angle with the straighter coast of Evanston and Chicago.
  • The promontory's name (originally "Grosse Pointe") came from French explorers of the 17th century who opened trade routes with the native populations.
  • The light was electrified in 1923 and automated in 1935, but in 1941 it was replaced by lighted buoys seven miles offshore. In 1946 it was relit as a private navigation aid, and continues operation to the present day.
  • This is the fourth-tallest lighthouse on the Great Lakes.
  • The structure is a double shell of brick with an iron spiral staircase inside. The original structural brick facade was later covered with concrete.
  • It was a named a National Historic Landmark in 1999.

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Location

2535 Sheridan Road
2535 Sheridan Road
60201
Evanston
Illinois
U.S.A.

Technical Data

113.00 ft
113.00 ft
1873

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