Muskegon Pier Light
Muskegon Pier Lighthouse
|Year first constructed||1851|
|Year first lit||1903|
|Markings / pattern||Red|
|Height||48 feet (15 m)|
|Focal height||50 feet (15 m)|
|Original lens||fourth order Fresnel lens (Sautter & Cie) |
|Current lens||12-inch (300 mm) acrylic|
|Range||6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi)|
|Characteristic||red flash every 4s|
Muskegon South Pierhead Light
|Architect||U.S. Lighthouse Establishment|
|MPS||Light Stations of the United States MPS|
|NRHP reference #||06000036|
|Added to NRHP||February 14, 2006|
|Heritage||place listed on the National Register of Historic Places|
The site is accessible, and the lighthouse is available for tours during the summer months from noon until 4 p.m. Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
The first lighthouse in Muskegon was a wooden tower atop the Keeper’s Quarters built in 1851. It was situated on land. In 1871 Muskegon Breakwater Light was built on the end of the breakwater and the main light was rebuilt. In 1902, it was determined that the main light should be relocated to the south pierhead. The metalwork and steel plate used to construct the pierhead tower was delivered in 1903, and the cast iron octagonal lantern room from the 1870 lighthouse was transferred.
The Muskegon Pier Light is a round cast iron tower located at the end of the southern pier. The entire lighthouse is painted red.
- Light List, Volume VII, Great Lakes (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2010. p. 174.
- Terry Pepper. "Seeing The Light - Muskegon Pier Lighthouse". terrypepper.com. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Michigan". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. Listed under "Muskegon South Breakwater Light".
- Jeff Shook, A History of the Muskegon Lighthouses, Muskegon Lighthouse Conservancy
- Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of the United States: Michigan's Western Lower Peninsula". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Media related to Muskegon Pier Light at Wikimedia Commons
- Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy
- Lighthouse Central, Photographs, History, Directions and Way points for Muskegon South Pier Light
- The Ultimate Guide to West Michigan Lighthouses by Jerry Roach (Publisher: Bugs Publishing LLC - 2005). ISBN 0-9747977-0-7.
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