Old Michigan City Light

The Old Michigan City Light is a decommissioned lighthouse located in the harbor of Michigan City, Indiana.[5][6]

Old Michigan City Light
LocationWashington Park, Michigan City, Indiana
Coordinates41°43′22″N 86°54′21″W / 41.72278°N 86.90583°W / 41.72278; -86.90583Coordinates: 41°43′22″N 86°54′21″W / 41.72278°N 86.90583°W / 41.72278; -86.90583
Height40 ft (12 m)[1]
HeritageNational Register of Historic Places listed place Edit this on Wikidata
First lit1858
Focal height60 feet (18 m)[2]
LensFifth Order Fresnel[3]
Michigan City Lighthouse
Area1 acre (0.40 ha)
NRHP reference No.74000023[4]
Added to NRHPNovember 5, 1974

Built in 1858 at a cost of $8,000, this lighthouse, replaced an 1837 brick & stone light built at the edge of Lake Michigan. It was the second light at the site, and the predecessor to the Michigan City East Light, to which the lantern, lens and light were moved in 1904; it being the new light at the end of the newly extended pier.[7]

It was remodeled in 1904. Seven Lighthouse keepers and fourteen assistant keepers served here from 1837-1940.[8]

A fourth order Fresnel lens is on display.[7]

It is one of a dozen past or present lighthouses in Indiana.[9]


The lighthouse is located in Washington Park. It is open every day except Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m., except in winter.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Pepper, Terry. "Database of Tower Heights". Seeing the Light. terrypepper.com. Archived from the original on 2000-09-18. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  2. ^ Pepper, Terry. "Database of Focal Heights". Seeing the Light. terrypepper.com. Archived from the original on 2008-08-30. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  3. ^ National Park Service, Maritime History Project, Inventory of Historic Lights, Michigan City Lights.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  5. ^ Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society, Old Michigan City (Lake Michigan) Light ARLHS USA-913
  6. ^ Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society, World List of Lights. Archived 2009-04-21 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b Wobser, David, Old Michigan City Lighthouse, at boatnerd.com.
  8. ^ Sign posted by lighthouse
  9. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of the United States: Indiana". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  10. ^ "Anderson, Kraig, Lighthouse friends, Michigan City Lighthouse".

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