Apostle Islands Lighthouses

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Apostle Islands Lighthouses
The original Michigan Island light, one of the six lighthouses listed
Nearest city Bayfield, Wisconsin
Built 1857
Architect U.S. Lighthouse Service
NRHP Reference # 77000145 [1]
Added to NRHP March 8, 1977

There are several historic lighthouses on Lake Superior on or near the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin.[2] Six of these lighthouses, all in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, were listed as a group on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 under the name Apostle Islands Lighthouses.

The Apostle Islands lighthouses are popular among tourists. Lighthouse historian Terry Pepper has described them as "one of the more interesting geographically centered collection of [lighthouse] structures" in the United States.[3] Another lighthouse historian, F. Ross Holland, has called them "the largest and finest single collection of lighthouses in the country."[2]

The following lighthouses were included in the 1977 National Register listing:

Other lighthouses are in the area, but are not included in the Apostle Islands Lighthouses listing:

Major restoration projects were initiated at several of the lighthouses of the Apostle Islands in 2013.[3]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Lighthouses of the Apostles". Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. National Park Service. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Jones, Meg (September 21, 2013). "$7 million project keeps Apostle Islands lighthouses shining". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 

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