White River Light

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White River Light
Whiteriver.JPG
White River Light Station,
Source: U.S. Coast Guard Archives
White River Light is located in Michigan
White River Light
Location Near Whitehall, Michigan
Coordinates 43°22′29″N 86°25′28″W / 43.37473°N 86.42433°W / 43.37473; -86.42433Coordinates: 43°22′29″N 86°25′28″W / 43.37473°N 86.42433°W / 43.37473; -86.42433
Year first lit 1872 South Pier,
1876 Main Tower
Automated 1918 [1]
Construction 'Norman Gothic Style' [2]
Tower shape Octagonal
Markings / pattern Cream yellow brick
Original lens Fourth order Fresnel lens
Range Visible for about 14 miles (23 km)
Characteristic Original lens a fixed white light with a red flash once each minute. 1912, light flashed white for 10 seconds then dark for 10 seconds & repeated.[3]

The White River Light is a lighthouse on Lake Michigan near the city of Whitehall, Michigan. It sits on a thin peninsula of land separating Lake Michigan from White Lake. The building was built in 1875.

Some of the buildings in existence for the lightstation consisted of the tower and attached dwelling, the South Pier-head Beacon light, oil house, woodshed or strage building and Privy.[4]

The lighthouse is open to the public as a museum with regular hours posted from Memorial Weekend through August 31. The lighthouse is also open through September and October with reduced hours. The museum has a number of artifacts from the passenger and freight shipping on the lakes in addition to information on the light itself.

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  1. ^ Tag, Thomas A., White River Light Station, Softcover (Dayton, OH: Data Image, 1996) p. 30 & 37. ISBN 0-9649980-2-5
  2. ^ Tag, Thomas A., White River Light Station, Softcover (Dayton, OH: Data Image, 1996) p. 21. ISBN 0-9649980-2-5
  3. ^ Tag, Thomas A., White River Light Station, Softcover (Dayton, OH: Data Image, 1996) p. 35 & 37. ISBN 0-9649980-2-5
  4. ^ Thomas A. Tag (1996) White River Light Station, Softcover (Dayton, OH: Data Image, 1996) p.8. ISBN 0-9649980-2-5

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