Eagle Harbor Lighthouse is 16 miles west of Cooper Harbor, MI. on the Keweenaw Peninsula. The area was settled in 1844 and soon after large veins of copper were found. A light was needed to mark the harbor. In 1851, a light and keeper’s quarters was built with a 4th order Fresnel Lens and lighted with a sperm oil lamp. The construction was very poor and it was replaced in 1871 with a new red brick 1 1/2 story 7 room dwelling with the tower built into the north east corner ( McGuilpin Pt. And White River are the same plan.)
in 1895, a fog signal building was built. In 1907 the signal blasted 544 hours with the keepers shoveling 43 tons of coal to keep it going.. In 1968, the lens was replaced with an electric beacon and then automated 1980.
Since 1982, the Keweenaw County Historical Society has maintained 4 museums at the site. Visit www.keweenawhistory.org for hours and details about visiting the light and museum hours. For a print or cards go to my website www.michiganlighthouseart.com
Michigan Artist, Anita Saviko, Her goal is to research the histories and paint all Michigan lighthouses/range lights past and present, a total of spprox. 150 lights.