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Name: Spectacle Reef Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Cheboygan, Michigan, United States

Location: Lake Huron, east of the Straits of Mackinac.

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Photo: Jaqueline Styles
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Managing Organization:
U.S. Coast Guard

More than 200 men worked for four years on the construction of this lighthouse. It was very expensive for its time at $406,000.

Tower Height: 93

Height of Focal Plane: 86

Description of Tower: Conical limestone tower on square limestone crib.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
Oil house, storage building, brick fog signal building attached to tower.

Date Established: 1874

Date Present Tower Built: 1874

Date Automated: 1972

Optics: 1874: Second order Fresnel lens, now at Inland Seas Maritime Museum in Vermillion, Ohio; now modern solar powered optic.

Fog Signal: Originally air diaphone horn.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

Accessible by boat only. The lighthouse can be seen from tours offered by Mackinac Seaplane Tours -- see or call 906-632-9746.

Keepers: William Marshall (1881-1896), Samuel F. Rogers (1896-1898), Walter B. Marshall (1898-1902)


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