Frankfort North Breakwater Light

1873

LAKE MICHIGAN LIGHTS

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(This is the 1914 structure.)

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This light originally had a wooden pier and a wooden catwalk attached to it.
This Great Lakes Light has never been manned.

LOCATION: Outer end of N breakwater, E side of Lake Michigan

CURRENT TOWER LIT: 1932

CURRENT USE: Active aid to navigation

AUTOMATED: Yes

FOUNDATION MATERIALS: Pier --- original was wooden and current is concrete.

LIGHTHOUSE MATERIALS: Steel

TOWER SHAPE: Square pyramidal --- 67ft. tall

COLOR(S)/MARKINGS/PATTERN: White

ORIGINAL LENS: Sixth Order, Fresnel for 1873 structure /
Fifth Order, Fresnel for 1912 rebuilt tower - later replaced by a Fourth Order

NEAT CHARACTERISTICS: The Frankfort pier light guards the point at which a man-made channel was dredged between a landlocked lake (Lake Betsie) and Lake Michigan, and the town of Frankfort was born as a result of the development of this area into a harbor of refuge.