Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light Celebration

Celebration of Light in Ashland this Saturday

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A lighthouse in Ashland is making quite a name for itself.

Not only is the Ashland Harbor Breakwater celebrating 100-years of lighting the Chequamegon Bay, it has also earned the title of the newest light in the National Park system.

The lighthouse was established in 1911 to assist with the iron ore and lumber shipping.

In December of 2014, the lighthouse changed hands from the Army Corp of Engineers to the National Park Service.

The light comes with a rich history.

Ashland was a busy port in the early to mid-1900s.

The lighthouse helped to keep the small community, which originated in the late 1800’s, afloat.

“So because of that light we actually survived until 1962, that was the last shipment of ore that came off the Sioux Line Ore Dock and out into Ashland, so for a long time it was the reason we were prosperous as a shipping industry,” said Ashland’s Director or Parks and Recreation Sara Hudson.

The lighthouse had four housekeepers while in operation.

In 1962, it became automated and is now used to guide local boats back to the bay.

This Saturday, July 11th, there will be a free celebration on the ore dock to commemorate the lighthouse.

The fun begins at 3:30p.m., complete with history, food, music, and fun.

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