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Name: Frankfort South Pier Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Frankfort, Michigan, United States

Location: Outer end of South Pier, Lake Betsie entrance, eastern shore of Lake Michigan.

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This lighthouse was moved when the pier was extended in 1896. It became a front range light, with a post light 600 feet away serving as the rear range. In 1912, the lighting equipment from the post light was relocated to a 66-foot wooden post 200 yards behind a new lighthouse on the North Pier, and the South Pier (range front) Light was destroyed. An automated light on a 35-foot skeletal tower was installed at the end of the South Pier. The pier was later shortened in the 1930s.

Height of Focal Plane: 25

Description of Tower: Wooden, square pyramidal tower.

This light is not operational

Date Established: 1873

Tower Moved?
1884, 1896

Date Deactivated: 1912

Optics: Sixth-order Fresnel lens.

Fog Signal: Fog bell in wooden tower. 1901: air-operated siren.

Current Use: Destroyed.

Keepers: John H. King (1873-?); Albert Vorce (c. 1884)

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