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Skillagallee had a "Poe" style tower?

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Postby NoahG » Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:36 pm


Read this on the Presque Isle Township Museum Societies webpage, under the "New P.I. Lighthouse" heading.

"During July, 1870, Congress appropriated the required additional $28,000.00 to construct the new lighthouse in Presque Isle, Michigan. This was the third Great Lakes tower built from the same plans; Skillagallee and Grand Point Au Sable being the first two. "

We all know of the brick problems some of the Poe towers had, and that the present tower at Skillagallee is the third tower on the sight, but was the second a Poe tower? This is the first I've ever heard of such.

Full text: thttp://www.keepershouse.org/newpilh.htm



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Postby Terry_Pepper » Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:22 pm


I have photographed a portion of the plans for the second Skillie light, and you are correct. I was waiting for a futuire issue of The Beacon to write about this. Good digging Noah - pretty soon you'll be taking over for me! Keep it up.
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Postby NoahG » Sun Jun 20, 2010 10:57 am


Terry, sometimes I feel like I steal all your lead titles before you publish your Beacon articles, but then I don't have as an immediate access to the materials needed to write an in-depth article that you do. As for taking over for you well.......I'll think about it. :wink:
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