A Closer Look: The Dunkirk Lighthouse, shining over Lake Erie for nearly 200 years
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Friday, July 19, 2019
The history of the Dunkirk Lighthouse goes back to 1827, when the first version of it was built on Point Gratiot. The structure that replaced it in the 1870s incorporates bricks from the original lighthouse. In 1857, it was fitted with a Fresnel lens that shines light 27 miles out into Lake Erie. The structure was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 as the Point Gratiot Lighthouse Complex.