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State of Michigan Commits to Rehab of Two U.P. Lighthouses

Marquette, Michigan –

Below are excerpts taken from the website to describe what the state’s plan is for rehabilitation of two upper peninsula lighthouses:

Rock of Ages Lighthouse 

Rock of Ages Lighthouse

MLAP grant amount: $46,000

Location of nearest city: Windigo, Isle Royale National Park

Historic Resource: Rock of Ages Lighthouse

Match amount: $23,000


Use of funds: The Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society will hire a contractor to rehabilitate the 132-foot-tall lighthouse by cleaning and painting the exterior. Situated on a tiny island of rock three miles off the coast of Isle Royale, Rock of Ages Lighthouse was last painted in 1985. This is the first MLAP grant award to Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society.


“We are very excited to receive this grant from the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program,” said Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society Executive Director David Gerth. “Cracking, missing vent covers, and heavy lichen growth on the exterior masonry of Rock of Ages Lighthouse are causing water infiltration that threatens to halt interior restoration efforts. This grant will allow us to hire a contractor to clean, repair, and paint the exterior masonry of the tower ensuring that interior restoration may continue as scheduled.  This project marks a huge step toward our goal of opening the lighthouse to the public in the future.”


Eagle Harbor Lighthouse

Eagle Harbor Lighthouse

MLAP grant amount: $60,000

Location of nearest city: Eagle Harbor

Historic Resource: Eagle Harbor Lighthouse

Match amount: $39,000


Use of funds: The Keweenaw County Historical Society will hire a contractor to rehabilitate the tower of the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse. Proposed work will include replacement of deteriorated brick and selective repointing of the tower, repairing damaged plaster on the tower interior, roof and wall water diversion, and deck and lantern room repair. Since 2000, this is the fifth MLAP grant award to Keweenaw County Historical Society.


The Keweenaw County Historical Society is very appreciative of receiving this grant award, especially since we are a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization,” said Keweenaw County Historical Society President Mel Jones. “This funding will help us preserve and maintain our 150+-year old lighthouse in a manner that is historically correct.”


The State of Michigan is funding these projects through the sale of a specialized license plate. This license plate has a photo of a lighthouse with text below that says “SAVE OUR LIGHTS”


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