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Restoring South Fox Lighthouse

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Postby Grover1 » Sun Sep 13, 2009 5:08 pm


From The Grand Rapids Press

http://www.mlive.com/outdoors/index.ssf ... to_so.html

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Postby CHUCKX53 » Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:28 pm


In the Fall of 2004, I was able to sit in on the first meeting of what would become the Fox Island Lighthouse Associtation. This group is headed by John McKinney, Phil von Voigtlander, Sandy Bradshaw, Hans Joerg Rothenberger, George Carpenter, Anne Brasie, & John Nelson.

Along with other volunteers, The group has been making many "Work Visits" to the Lightstation Complex during the summer months from May through October and doing the cleanup and restoration by hand.....A massive undertaking, considering the condition of the Station.

From their Website -- http://www.southfox.org/about.htm

The Fox Island Lighthouse Association (FILA) is a non-profit organization (501-c-3) founded in 2004 by Sandy Bradshaw, John McKinney and H. Joerg Rothenberger. Their goal was to rekindle the efforts of former groups for rescuing the South Fox Island light station, which had been abandoned in 1959 and has been threatened by gradual decay ever since.

South Fox Island, probably one of the prettiest islands of the Great Lakes, lies about 16 nautical miles north-northwest of Lighthouse Point in Leelanau County, Michigan, making it the most isolated island in Lake Michigan. The State of Michigan owns one third of the island, which includes the lighthouse complex under the jurisdiction of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).


From our visit in August, 2008..............
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1868 South Fox Island Light
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Tower Re-Located to South Fox, 1934
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:24 pm


The fog signal building at South Fox is a real treasure.
It is one of only two remaining corrugated iron fog signal buildings on the Great Lakes - the other being at Eagle Harbor.
Eagle Harbor's fog signal was placed into operation November 30, 1895, and that at South Fox island ten days later on
December 10, 1895.

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South Fox fog signal building - Image courtesy of the Fox Island Lighthouse Association
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Postby NoahG » Wed Sep 16, 2009 9:24 am


I've been really impressed by the motivation and progress of this group. Their work is outstanding and inspiring.
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Postby Lighthouselin » Fri Oct 02, 2009 5:13 am


I am so pleased to see another Lake Michigan light being saved. This is one style of light that I really feel should be on Lake Michigan and I am so looking forward to seeing how it progresses. Thanks to those who will not let it fade away in to ruin.
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Postby Skipper » Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:43 am


Thank you folks for all the encouragement. Preserving the South Fox Island Light Station is quite a challenge indeed, partly due to the mere number of structures to be saved (seven buildings), but also because of the secludedness of the island. This summer and fall we made 15 trips to get people and materials to the light station. This means 700 statute miles, sometimes in not quite clement conditions. Sadly enough, one of our voluteers lost his boat, a 26 footer, during one of the trips.

However, we are determined to safe the station. FILA is the first group that has done more for the South Fox Light than just some brush clearing, and after five years, we are still going strong. There's a huge lot of hard work ahead, but it's worth the effort.
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Postby CaptainJason » Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:46 pm


The Keweenaw Star will be hosting a few lighthouse cruises this year, and on the schedule will be South Fox. Dates haven't been determined yet, but if you want to see the light the best way to do it will be the Keweenaw Star from Charlevoix. Check our website soon for details. keweenawexcursions.com

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Postby Skipper » Fri Dec 04, 2009 4:08 pm


Thanks CaptainJason. Please keep us posted. info<at>southfox.org . If possible, we'll make sure some of our folks are out there to show you around.
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Postby Grover » Wed Dec 09, 2009 8:21 pm


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Postby CHUCKX53 » Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:44 pm


It's great to see they've made such good progress this year..... :D
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