Illinois Lighthouses

There are several different lighthouses in the state of Illinois. Calumet Harbor, Chicago Harbor, and Little Fort are three of the seven lighthouses that can be seen in Illinois. These are all very important locations, because they all mark something different.

The first lighthouse in Illinois was actually built in the year of 1832 on the mainland, in Chicago. It was built right at the mouth of the river. One of the buildings actually houses a fog horn, and on the other side is a boathouse. The lighthouse that stands in Chicago is 48 feet tall.


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Every state has several different lighthouses, that you should be able to see, if you go to the exact location. They all mark dangerous coastlines, and even hazardous reefs, etc. It is known that the exact number of operational lighthouses has decreased significantly. There is a reason behind that - being that the maintenance, etc. is a little difficult for the state to keep up with. The expense of keeping lighthouses up and running can be on the pricey side.

The lamp is the source of the light that is seen in each and every lighthouse. If you ever pass by any of these lighthouses in the state of Illinois, you will already know exactly what they are capable of. You can easily research the information online and find out about the history behind each lighthouse that still stands in Illinois.