Baileys Harbor Range Lights

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Baileys Harbor Front Range Light
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Skeleton tower (now removed), front range light, rear range light(way in back)
Location Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin
Coordinates 45°04′13″N 87°07′11″W / 45.07028°N 87.11972°W / 45.07028; -87.11972[citation needed]
Year first lit 1869
Automated 1930
Deactivated Late 1960s
Foundation Field stone
Construction Wood
Tower shape Square base, upper is octagonal
Markings / pattern KRW KRW.png
Height 21 feet (6.4 m)
Original lens Fifth order Fresnel (1897)[1]
Characteristic

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Baileys Harbor Range Light
Baileys Harbor Range Lights is located in Wisconsin
Baileys Harbor Range Lights
Baileys Harbor Range Lights is located in the US
Baileys Harbor Range Lights
Location Roughly Co. Rd. Q, Ridges Rd., and WI 57, Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin
Coordinates 45°4′19″N 87°7′13″W / 45.07194°N 87.12028°W / 45.07194; -87.12028Coordinates: 45°4′19″N 87°7′13″W / 45.07194°N 87.12028°W / 45.07194; -87.12028
Area 5.4 acres (2.2 ha)
Built 1869
Architect Breitbach, Andrew
NRHP Reference # 89001466[2]
Added to NRHP September 21, 1989
Baileys Harbor Rear Range Light
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Rear range light
Location Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin
Coordinates 45°04′22″N 87°07′16″W / 45.07278°N 87.12111°W / 45.07278; -87.12111[citation needed]
Year first lit 1870
Foundation Field stone
Construction Wood
Tower shape Square, atop a house
Markings / pattern White w/black and red markings
Height 30 feet (9.1 m)[3]
Focal height 36 feet (11 m)[4]
Original lens Fifth order
Characteristic directional mark
ARLHS number USA-027[5][6]
Baileys Harbor Directional Light
Location Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin
Coordinates 45°04′11.305″N 87°07′9.781″W / 45.06980694°N 87.11938361°W / 45.06980694; -87.11938361[7]
Foundation Concrete
Construction Metal skeleton tower with red/white/red dayboard
Height 21 ft (6.4 m)[3]
Focal height 21 feet (6.4 m)[4]
Characteristic White light Flashing every 2.5 seconds, with a higher intensity beam on a bearing of 340°[8]
ARLHS number USA-936[6][9]
USCG number 7-21230

The Baileys Harbor Range Lights are a pair of lighthouses arranged in a range light configuration, located near Baileys Harbor in Door County, Wisconsin, United States.

History[edit]

The range lights replaced the Baileys Harbor Lighthouse in 1870 at a cost of $6,000.[10] They are approximately 980 feet (300 m) apart and aligned on a 340° bearing line to guide boats safely into the harbor. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, as reference number 89001466 as the Baileys Harbor Range Light. Currently part of the Ridges wildlife sanctuary, which is listed on the List of National Natural Landmarks in Wisconsin. The grounds may be visited and guided tours are given during peak tourist seasons.

The Bailey's Harbor Range Light is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Reference #89001466, as BAILEYS HARBOR RANGE LIGHT. It is also on the State List/Inventory as of 1988.[10]

After 1969, the Coast Guard removed lighting equipment from the original buildings and replaced them with a single directional light on the beach. In 1990, the Ridges Sanctuary took possession of the buildings and began restoring them; this was completed during the 1990s, when both buildings were rewired to supply electricity to the lamps. A skeleton tower, which was listed in Volume VII of the United States Coast Guard light list, provided shipping guidance until 2015, when the original range lights were updated with modern LED lamps and brought back online.

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Baileys Harbor Directional Light