PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — An historic lighthouse on the shore of Lake Erie is once again functioning after years of work to restore the 120-year-old structure.
Hundreds of people attended Monday’s lighting ceremony to dedicate the renovated Port Clinton lighthouse in northwest Ohio.
An honor guard from the U.S. Coast Guard’s Marblehead Station stood at attention during the ceremony hosted by the Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy. The conservancy oversaw the restoration and return of the lighthouse to the Lake Erie shore from its former site at a Portage River marina where it had deteriorated over several decades. Restoration work began in 2011.
Officials say the lighthouse is one of the last wood-framed structures of its kind on the Great Lakes. It now beams light 4 to 5 miles over Lake Erie.