TOLEDO HARBOR LIGHT SOCIETY FOUNDED
The Toledo Harbor Light Society was organized in 2003 with the purpose being to establish, support and promote efforts in the preservation and restoration of the Toledo Harbor Light; to achieve the safe keeping of the building, artifacts and records, to educate and inform the public on its history for all present and future generations; and to raise awareness about the importance of volunteers in maintaining and protecting the Toledo Harbor Light. We are happy to be active members in this endeavor. Click here to obtain more information or to join the society.
OREGON, Ohio, March 19, 2001 – Maumee Bay State Park Resort & Conference Center is the site of Ohio’s newest lighthouse, a nine-foot replica of the historic 80-foot Toledo Harbor Lighthouse. The Toledo Harbor Lighthouse replica was created by Terry "Murphy" Murray, a northwest Ohio artist known for his exact copies of lighthouses throughout the world. "Murphy is famous throughout the country for the high quality of his replicas, and this remarkable structure is no exception," said Patrick Czarny, regional general manager of Ohio State Park Resorts. "Our newly renovated gift shop has a nautical theme and the lighthouse is the functional centerpiece of the whole facility."Czarny said the lighthouse has a working fog horn and light that will be especially appealing to the resort’s youngest visitors. "It is our goal to make the gift shop interactive and educational for all of our visitors," he said. "We will try to create as much of an experience as possible, right down to the lighthouse-keeper costumes that will be worn by our sales associates." The actual Toledo Harbor Lighthouse was created in 1904 and is operated by the U.S. Coast Guard. Its purpose is to guide ships to Toledo’s port on the Maumee River. It can be seen from the Lake Erie sea wall just steps from the lodge. The nine-foot lighthouse at the Maumee Bay State Park Resort & Conference Center took Murray innumerable hours to create.
The lighthouse was unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, March 19, at 2 p.m. Special guests included Murphy, Jack Schaeffer, a former coastguardsman who tended the lighthouse in 1954, and Barney Quilter, a 28-year member of the Ohio General Assembly and a driving force behind the development of Maumee Bay State Park Resort.
LIGHTHOUSE VILLAGE CONDO ASSOCIATION ERECTS A 7-FOOT MODEL OF THE HILLSBORO INLET LIGHTHOUSE
Pompano Beach, Florida, February 1, 2002 - The Lighthouse Village Condo Association in Pompano Beach, Florida proudly displays a 7-foot replica of the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse at the entrance to their beautiful condominium village. Joe Russo, and other members of the Condo Association, appear with Murphy and the newly erected lighthouse.
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