Michigan Island Lighthouse

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Michigan Island Lighthouse is believed to be haunted by the spirit of a former lighthouse keeper who was killed during a storm when the heavy metal door slammed shut on him. Now, during bad storms, witnesses say the door slams shut twice, even if it is already closed and bolted.

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South End
Michigan Island, WI
United States

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46.8713372, -90.4972869
Ashland County, Wisconsin
Nearest Towns:
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Ironwood, MI (32.7 mi.)
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  1. This is a lot of nonsense. As former Park Historian at the National Lakeshore where this lighthouse is located, I have gone over the U.S. Lighthouse Service personnel records of the keepers at Michigan Island. None were killed on duty; all were either promoted, transferred, or resigned. Moreover, in the 40-some years the NPS has owned the lighthouse, there have been no reports of the door slamming shut on its own. Sorry, but this myth is BUSTED.

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