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Whitefish Point Lighthouse

All vessels entering or exiting Lake Superior have to pass close to Whitefish Point, and the area is known as the "Graveyard of the Great Lakes". In order to help mariners navigate the dangerous waters, Whitefish Point Light Station was established in 1849. It is the oldest operating lighthouse on Lake Superior. The present light tower was constructed in 1861. The light source has gone through a few iterations in its history. Currently, light is provided by an LED. Currently, the lighthouse and grounds are maintained by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society. The facility includes the Shipwreck Museum and several other buildings. Many shipwreck artifacts are on display, including the bell of the Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank near Whitefish point in 1975. Whitefish Point is also an important stopping point for migratory birds and a popular spot to hunt for Lake Superior agates.
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Whitefish Point Lighthouse