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Lorain West Breakwater Lighthouse, Lorain, Ohio

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Lorain's identity as a city is closely tied with its lighthouse. Often referred to by locals as "the jewel of the port of Lorain," it resembles an old-fashioned town home.

Lorain's "jewel" was constructed by the Army Corp. of Engineers in 1917. It functioned for nearly half a century, being replaced by a small, fully automated light at the tip of a recently constructed breakwater in 1965. It was scheduled for demolition, but a group of its fans fought a five year battle with the government to keep it from being destroyed. Their efforts, along with a group of well timed storms delaying the demolition crew, saved this icon of Lake Erie's International City.

Currently, this popular symbol of Lorain is in the midst of being restored to tip top condition by a group of concerned citizens through the Port of Lorain Foundation, its current owners. It can be accessed by boat, and when restoration efforts are complete, Lorain's "jewel" will be open to the public for guided tours.

Photo courtesy of Lorain County Visitor's Bureau

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