Historic lighthouse returns to Lake Erie after renovations

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — A historic lighthouse has been renovated and returned to the Lake Erie waterfront after being floated across the Portage River.

Hundreds gathered last week to watch the Port Clinton Lighthouse moved from a marina to a Port Clinton city park along the lake. The 26-foot-tall wooden lighthouse was originally built in 1896, decommissioned in the early 1950s and then moved to a marina, where it deteriorated over the next 60 years.

The Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy began restoring it five years ago. A crane lifted the 12,000-pound lighthouse onto a barge for the river crossing last week before it was set on the back of a trailer and moved to Waterworks Park.

The conservancy group hopes to make the lighthouse a museum.

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