Michigan City East Light facts for kids
|Michigan City Lighthouse|
|Location||Washington Park, Michigan City, Indiana|
|Year first constructed||1904|
|Tower shape||octagonal on fog signal building|
|Markings / pattern||white, lantern black; fog signal building roof red|
|Height||49 feet (15 m)|
|Focal height||50 feet (15 m)|
|Original lens||Fifth Order Fresnel lens|
|Current lens||rotating 2130C|
|Characteristic||Fog horn (2 blasts every 30 s).|
This is the successor to the Old Michigan City Light, when the lantern, lens and light was moved to the new light at the end of the newly extended pier.
There has been a lighthouse in Michigan City for 170 years. However, "most people in Indiana don’t realize there is a lighthouse in the state." Mayor Oberlie passes out lapel pins to illustrate its importance and scope. He calls Lake Michigan "the city’s crown jewel," which became prominent when he was city planner in the 1970s.
In May 2007, this aid to navigation was deemed excess by the Coast Guard. It was offered at no cost to eligible entities, including federal, state and local agencies, non-profit corporations, educational agencies, or community development organizations under the terms of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act. "According to Mayor Chuck Oberlie, Michigan City filed a letter of interest for the lighthouse and will seek ownership."
It is one of a dozen past or present lighthouses in Indiana.
The old 1858 lighthouse, near the entrance to the park, is open as a museum every day except Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m.
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