Dunkirk (Point Gratiot) Lighthouse


Location: Lake Erie (Chautauqua County), west of Dunkirk

Description: Square 61-foot tower (natural limestone and white) with attached 2-story brick dwelling.

History of light:

  • 1827: First tower built of bricks from local clay.

  • 1850: Tower had developed large cracks and wood around windows had rotted.

  • 1857: Third Order lens replaced lamps and reflectors.

  • 1869: Tower and dwelling underwent major repairs.

  • 1876: New tower built.

  • 1960: Automated.

Current use: Museum and active aid to navigation

Public access? Yes.

Other information: Still houses Fresnel lens.











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