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Old Michigan City Light
Old Michigan City Lighthouse
Old Michigan City Light is located in Indiana
Old Michigan City Light
Old Michigan City Light
Location in Indiana
Location Washington Park, Michigan City, Indiana
Coordinates 41°43′22″N 86°54′21″W / 41.72278°N 86.90583°W / 41.72278; -86.90583
Year first lit 1858
Deactivated 1904
Height 40 ft (12 m)
Focal height 60 feet (18 m)
Original lens Fifth Order Fresnel
ARLHS number USA-913

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

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.

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

A fourth order Fresnel lens is on display.

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


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

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