Munising Front Range Light

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Munising Front Range Light
Munising Front Range Light.jpg
The light in 2004 from the lake side
Munising Front Range Light is located in Michigan
Munising Front Range Light
Location Munising, Michigan
Coordinates 46°24′54″N 86°39′40″W / 46.41512°N 86.66115°W / 46.41512; -86.66115Coordinates: 46°24′54″N 86°39′40″W / 46.41512°N 86.66115°W / 46.41512; -86.66115
Year first constructed 1908
Year first lit 1908
Construction Steel
Tower shape Conical
Markings / pattern White
Height 24 feet (7.3 m)
Focal height 79 feet (24 m)
Characteristic F R
ARLHS number USA-948
USCG number 7-14575[1]

The Munising Front Range Light and its matching Munising Rear Range Light replaced the ineffective Grand Island East Channel Light in 1905. These two lights combine to guide boats from the open waters of Lake Superior down the East Channel next to Grand Island into the harbor of Munising. The history of these lighthouses is documented by Terry Pepper[2] and is not reproduced here.

The Front Range Light is located at the western edge of Munising north of M-28.[3] At this time, the light is managed by the National Park Service, the grounds are open to visitors, but the tower is closed.

According to US Government publication, "The American Practical Navigator", Chapter 5: Range lights are light pairs that indicate a specific line of position when they are in line. The higher rear light is placed behind the front light. When the mariner sees the lights vertically in line, he is on the range line. If the front light appears left of the rear light, the observer is to the right of the range line; if the front appears to the right of the rear, the observer is left of the range line.[1]


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