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Circular iron oil storage buildings of the Western GreaLakes

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Postby Terry_Pepper » Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:07 pm


I am currently doing some research on circular iron oil storage buildings, since we at GLLKA have one at the Cheboygan River Front Range light.

From what I have been able to determine, there were only around six or seven of these structures erected on the Great Lakes, with all of them being on the western Lakes - Michigan Huron and Superior. Through my own observation and research I have determined that there were some square oil storage buildings erected on Lakes Erie and Ontario, but no circular units. So, what I am now attempting to identify is if these specific circular structures were in fact unique to the western lakes.

Here are a few examples:

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Since my personal research scope is limited to the lakes, I am wondering if anyone might have recalled coming across any similar structures on any of the US saltwater coasts in your travels or research.

Thanks for reading this, and thanks in advance for any dialogue or assistance that may result
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Postby AL » Tue Dec 08, 2009 7:56 pm


Thirty Mile Point LH has a circular oil storage

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Postby Terry_Pepper » Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:13 pm


Thanks Al. You are correct - there is one at Thirty Mile Point. I completely forgot about it. Here is a photo of the structure I took this fall:

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As such, the major thrust of my concern is whether there were/are any on the East or West coasts, or were they unique to the Great Lakes.

Anybody know of any on the saltwater coasts?
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Postby Grover » Wed Dec 09, 2009 3:33 am


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Hi Al ...

Memory says 30 Mile Point had two, one left front, one right
rear. The pictures I have from last fall are on the other
computer. Ill try and retrieve them before work ...
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Postby AL » Wed Dec 09, 2009 4:22 am


I went back and looked at my photos from Aug 2007 and you are correct. There were two and both were painted black.

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Postby Terry_Pepper » Wed Dec 09, 2009 7:40 am


You guys are good! Here's the second unit at Thirty Mile Point taken in October of this year.

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Note that both units have now been painted the original USLHS deep red in the past two years.
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Postby Grover » Thu Dec 17, 2009 6:03 pm


Terry ...

Ancillary perhaps? In Erie Tuesday this was outside Presque Isle ... its use? Just
everyday, run of the mill storage?

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Postby Terry_Pepper » Thu Dec 17, 2009 9:02 pm


Barry, that is also an an iron oil storage building. There were a number of these erected around the Great Lakes also. They were adopted right after the circular structures.

My guess would be that being made of flat components, they were even easier to ship in a disassembled fashion than large, curved sections.
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Postby Grover » Sat Dec 26, 2009 4:23 am


...
Again, ancillary perhaps, but a picture I saw prompted
a search becasue (somtimes) I have forest/trees issues
... of course I began to wonder, in the rain and the weather,
if I could have missed it on my trip ...

From a Boatnerd article from Daved Wobser
that says in appeared in the April-June edition
of Great Laker about Au Sable.

I apologize if I cited incorrectly

The oil storage tank ...
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Context of the storage tank ...
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Postby Grover » Sat Dec 26, 2009 4:31 am


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Doh!

... and Terry, rereading your original post, for
sure you mentioned "square ones" as I saw earlier
this month ...
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Tue Dec 29, 2009 10:19 am


Since my last post, I have identified 38 of these circular oil houses which were installed at lighthouses throughout the Great Lakes between 1890 and 1905.

After digging through my files and corresponding with a number of fellow Great Lakes lighthouse historians, I have managed to come up with historic photographs of all of these oil houses with the exception of six which continue to elude me.

If anyone happens to know where photos of the circular oil houses at the following stations could be found, I would greatly appreciate the lead:

1) Mamajuda
2) Big Sodus
3) Niagara River Range (actually erected on the site of the old Black Rock light)
4) Cleveland Main
5) Point Iroquois
6) Ogdensburg

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Postby Grover » Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:49 pm


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Terry ... whatta' ya' think?

About a half inch to the left of the dwelling in this
old Iriquois Point shot? Its a Wikipedia
find which appears to be a USCG photo

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Postby Terry_Pepper » Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:21 pm


Thanks for the tip Barry. I have looked at this photo before, but did not notice the small building previosly. I will see if I can get a larger version from the CG Historian's office, and will let you know.
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Postby NoahG » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:10 pm


I'm sure you counted it already, but I was looking at pictures of Poverty Island last night and noticed it has a circular storage building.

How goes the research Terry?
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Postby NoahG » Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:52 am


I feel like I'm seeing these everywhere ever since this thread started. I was home in Michigan for the weekend and one of the postcards I own, a picture of the Belle Isle Light in the Detroit River, had a circular storage building.
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