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Maumee Inner Range Lighthouse

1863 – Congress, at its last session, having made an appropriation for range lights for Maumee bay, Ohio, the necessary steps for prosecuting the work have been taken.

1865 – The erection of the range-lights authorized by act of Congress for Maumee bay has not advanced during the year to the extent hoped for by the board. The delay has been occasioned partly by the difficult and complicated questions involved, but mainly on account of the impossibility of procuring the necessary land at private sale at prices warranted by the circumstances of the case. Resort was necessarily had to a tedious suit at law, which has just resulted in securing the requisite land to the government at reasonable rates. The work will be pressed forward to completion.

1866 – After completing the abstracts of title for the lands required for the Maumee Ranges, it was found that further legal proceedings were required to remedy some of the defects in the title. By an order of the board in September last, the whole matter was placed in the hands of Messrs. Bissel, Gleason & Co. An additional appropriation of five thousand dollars will be needed to cover deficiencies arising from the increased cost of the lands, and the rise in the price of labor and materials since the original estimates were prepared.

1867 – Maumee bay, Ohio.—The titles to the several tracts of land as sites for range-lights, at this place, having, after much difficulty and unavoidable delay, been finally perfected, the work of constructing these lights will be commenced as soon as practicable

1868 – New Maumee ranges.—Three sets of ranges for the navigation of Maumee bay and river have been erected, and will be lighted before the close of the season.

1869 – Maumee Inner range.—A few repairs have been made in the dwelling, and the cellar drained. When the premises are inclosed they will be in good condition.

1875 – Maumee Inner Range Lights changed from white to red. Date of alteration: Opening of navigation, 1875.

1880 – Maumee Inner Ranges, Maumee Bay, Lake Erie, Ohio.—Black stripes were painted on the rear beacon as a day-mark. Some repairs were made to the dwelling and out-houses.

1883 – Maumee Inner Ranges, on east bank of Maumee River, Ohio.— The railroad company, which has for years trespassed on the lighthouse lot by running its track across it, has at last taken up its track, and the entire lot is now fenced in one section. A small frame oil room was constructed about 50 feet from the dwelling, and various minor repairs were made.

1884 – Maumee inner range beacons, east bank of Maumee River, Ohio.—A brick foundation was placed under the front range, the walks around the dwelling and leading to the front range were renewed, and the barn and fence inclosing the site were repaired.

1885 – Maumee inner ranges, on the east bank of Maumee River, Ohio.—A plank walk, 6 feet wide and 78 feet long, was laid in front of the light-house lot, and the roof of the dwelling was reshingled.

1891 – Maumee Inner Range Beacons, east bank of Maumee River, Ohio.—Some 60 feet of walk, 3 feet wide, were laid from the kitchen to the street front; 10 feet of new walk, 6 feet wide, were laid in front of the light-house grounds, and 40 feet of walk, not continuous, leading to the front range, were repaired.

1892 – Maumee Bay Ranges, Maumee Bay, Lake Erie, Ohio.—The practical completion of the new Straight Channel makes changes in these ranges necessary. The Board thinks that range lights should be established at or near Grassy Point, and that the east beacon should be built farther to the eastward to make this new Straight Channel useable at night. When this is done the Outer and Middle Maumee Range lights can be discontinued. It is estimated that the proposed lights can be established for not exceeding $4,100, and it is recommended that an appropriation of this amount be made therefor.

1894 – Maumee Inner range, Maumee Bay, Lake Erie, Ohio.—Some 70 feet of sidewalk on the east side of the street in front of the keeper’s dwelling were relaid with new material in compliance with notice from the city authorities.

1895 — Maumee Inner range, Maumee Bay, Lake Erie, Ohio.—A fire destroyed about 300 running feet of the reservation division fence. The front beacon was saved by the local fire department. Buildings re-erected close to the boundary line of the light-house lot make it unnecessary to restore that portion of the destroyed fence. The lights of this range were discontinued on the establishment of the Manhattan range at North Toledo, and the illuminating apparatus was transferred to the latter for lighting the beacons of that range.

1897 – Maumee Inner, Maumee Bay, Lake Erie, Ohio.—The property is looked after by a resident custodian.

1898 — Maumee Outer, Maumee Middle and Maumee Inner Ranges, Ohio (discontinued).—The fronts of the beacons of these ranges were painted to preserve and make more distinct their characteristics, for use as day marks by vessels wishing to use the old channels marked by these ranges, especially those vessels having rafts of logs in tow, thus relieving the straight channel to some extent of that class of traffic.

Keepers: Robert Navarre (1868 – 1895).

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