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Fourteen Mile Point Light
Ontonagon, Michigan

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Date Established: 1894
Date Present Tower Built: 1894
Date Automated: 1940
Height of Tower: 55 ft.


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Fourteen Mile Point lighthouse had a 55 foot tower with a 4th order Fresnel lens that was original lighted with kerosene and later by acetylene. There was a separate fog signal building, steam powered, with dual 10 inch horns. The station was manned until 1934 and declared surplus in 1938. The station was automated in 1940, gutted of any valuable furnishings, and boarded up. At that time, the keeper of the Ontonagon light became responsible for monthly trips to 14 Mile Point by water or trail for maintenance of the acetylene system. The light was finally extinguished in 1945. The property on which the light stands was sold in 1957 and again in 1970. The second owner did nothing to maintain the buildings and they deteriorated rapidly. Finally, in July, 1984 kids built a fire inside of the abandoned light that spread and quickly engulfed the building, leaving only the burned out shell that remains today since the light was too remote for the fire to be fought. The only access to 14 Mile Point is by boat or a very arduous hike. There are no passable roads leading to this remote lighthouse.

Submitted by: lighthousephoto Date posted: Sun Dec 7, 2008 Views: 2739