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Historic Light Lists

Every year the US Government published an official list of all lighthouses in the Great Lakes. Click below to select from our growing number of digitized editions.

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This important federal document details the organization of the Lighthouse Board and the regulations under which it operated.

John Durnell’s book was published in 1868 and provided an early detailed description of the Great Lakes and their important commerce.

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In 2001, the Great Lakes Lighthouse Museum penned this guide to forming a non-profit association to save a lighthouse. Includes sample by-laws, etc.

The American Lighthouse Committee spent ten years compiling this detailed inventory of all known Fresnel lenses currently in the United States.

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The full text of the landmark National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act as it was passed by the Congress of the United States on October 24, 2000.

1953 ATON Repair Manual

1953 US Coast Guard Aids to Navigation manual covers detailed the operation and maintenance instructions for all equipment in use at that time.