Minneapolis Shoal Light

1934

LAKE MICHIGAN LIGHTS

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This station was first lit by a lens lantern from a lightship,
The lighthouse that was added in 1934 is identical to the structure of the one at Grays Reef.
Both lights have an "art deco" look that was prevalent in construction during the 1930's.

LOCATION: On Minneapolis Shoal (11 Miles S of Escanaba), N end of Green Bay, W side of Lake Michigan

CURRENT TOWER LIT: 1935

CURRENT USE: Active aid to navigation

AUTOMATED: 1979

FOUNDATION MATERIALS: Concrete Crib on Concrete Pier

LIGHTHOUSE MATERIALS: Steel / Reinforced Concrete

TOWER SHAPE: Octagonal on square dwelling --- 41ft. tall

COLOR(S)/MARKINGS/PATTERN: Dwelling, lower third & upper third are white, while the middle third is green --- has a black lantern

ORIGINAL LENS: Fourth Order, Fresnel

NEAT CHARACTERISTICS: This light has a rare feature in its concrete base --- a steel door near the water line. This door can be opened from the deck of a visiting ship. The parapet of the lantern also supports a small radio tower.