It isn't all that often that there's a chance to claim a lighthouse as your very own. Just such a chance is popping up for a lighthouse on the Wisconsin coastline of Lake Superior.

The lighthouse up for grabs is known as the Superior Harbor South Breakwater Light, and it is located on Wisconsin Point in Superior, Wisconsin. The lighthouse has been deemed no longer needed by the US Coast Guard, making it available for the right person to take over from the federal government.

The documentation about the structure describes it as a "Rectangular concrete fog signal building topped with concrete cylindrical tower, 56 feet in height" at the end of the breakwater entrance to Alouez Bay for the Port of Superior. They do note that while it will be given away for free, it is being offered "as-is".

Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth

Before you get too excited about moving into this lighthouse either because you think it would be cool or because of some other random reason (Anchorman 2, anyone?) not just anyone can lay claim to this structure on the greatest of the Great Lakes.

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Similar to the lighthouse structures in Duluth's Canal Park, which went through a similar process a few years ago, when lighthouses like these are deemed no longer necessary for safe navigation, they can be turned over - for free - to one of a handful of different types of entities in accordance with the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act.

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While some random person can't lay claim to the Superior Lighthouse, any of the following groups are eligible to do so:

  • Federal agencies
  • State and local agencies
  • Non-profit corporations
  • Educational agencies or community development organizations for educational, park, recreational, cultural, or historic preservation purposes

To claim the structure (again, for free), eligible entities must declare demonstrated experience or expertise with historic preservation, provide a plan for preservation, use, maintenance, and management, and a few other things.

One caveat is that the blinking green light and fog horn will remain on-site and access for maintenance will need to be provided to keep those two elements functional.

Letters of interest must be submitted by August 5, 2024, in order to be considered to take over the lighthouse. You can find more information on the Notice of Availability sheet from the US General Services Administration about the lighthouse.

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