Old Presque Isle Lighthouse

Old Presque Isle Lighthouse (HMQUY)

Location: Presque Isle, MI 49777 Presque Isle County
Country: United States of America

N 45° 20.517', W 83° 28.683'

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Presque Isle Harbor is one of Lake Huron's safest harbors of refuge. Its name comes from this peninsula which, translating from the French, is "almost and island." Indians and Frenchmen portaged across the peninsula to avoid several miles of open lake. When vessels came to the harbor in increasing numbers, Congress in 1838 appropriated $5,000 for a lighthouse. Jeremiah Moors of Detroit in 1840 completed this lighthouse, which today is one of the oldest surviving lighthouses on the Great Lakes. Pat Garrity, the last keeper of this lighthouse, was appointed by President Lincoln. Four of Garrity's children, raised in the keepers house, became lighthouse keepers. In 1870, a new lighthouse to the north was completed along with two range lights for the entrance to the harbor.
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker NumberL39
Year Placed1965
Placed ByMichigan Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 11:42am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 305857 N 5023925
Decimal Degrees45.34195000, -83.47805000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 20.517', W 83° 28.683'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 20' 31.02" N, 83° 28' 40.98" W
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Area Code(s)989
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5275-5361 E Grand Lake Rd, Presque Isle MI 49777, US
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