Posted by: mlapgrants | October 16, 2017

Thunder Bay Island Light Station

Congress appropriated $5,000 for the first lighthouse at Thunder Bay Island in March of 1831.  Due to poor construction, the tower collapsed by February of 1832!  Construction of a new stone tower and stone dwelling were complete by October of that year, and Israel Noble was appointed as the keeper with an annual salary of $350.  In 1857, the stone tower was encased in brick, its height was increased by ten feet, and a new lantern was installed.  In 1868 a new attached brick keeper’s dwelling was added to the tower.  This 1904 photograph shows the first stone dwelling on the left, and the 1868 dwelling adjacent to the tower.

Thanks to OX Studio and Smay Trombley Architecture for this information from the first draft of the HSR being funded by grants from the National Maritime Heritage Program and the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program.

TBIS 1904

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