John Mackenzie of Sarawak, a pioneer of Presqu'ile, was the first keeper here. Earlier, he built a home and store near the water. He also built a 400-foot dock that became a regular port of call for ships heading west. This helped Presqu'ile grow into a prosperous port. Mackenzie was appointed on July 14, 1875, as keeper at an annual salary of $50 per annum. In addition to being lighthouse keeper and postmaster, he operated a store and a large hay shipping business. He also operated an amusement park. Mackenzie is said to have had two assistants: his youngest daughter Margaret and his collie, Buller, who would fetch the lighthouse key and wake Mackenzie at the appropriate hour.
Tower Height: 27
Height of Focal Plane: 31
Characteristic and Range: Fixed white, visible for 10 miles.
Description of Tower: White, square, pyramidal wooden tower.
This light is not operational
Date Established: 1873
Date Deactivated: 1910
Current Use: Destroyed.
Keepers: John Mackenzie (1873-c. 1907), Hugh Mackenzie (1907-1910)