Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Featured Lighthouse #14- Old Mackinac Point

The increase in size and volume of vessel traffic almost immediately caused a need for a light on Mackinac Point. The brick two-story keeper’s dwelling with attached brick tower was completed in 1892. The tower is 6-feet in diameter and 40-feet tall.

The light from the Fourth Order lens was visible for 16 miles, but was taken out of service in December 1957 as the lights on the new Mackinac Bridge served as navigation aids.

The property was acquired by the Mackinac Island State Park Commission in 1960 and
  had been converted to a maritime museum that operated for a number of years, but was closed in 1987. Restoration of the property to its circa 1910 appearance started in 2000 and now the lighthouse has been reopened to the public.

Located next to the Mackinac Bridge in Mackinaw City, Michigan. The park surrounding the lighthouse is a great place to view the bridge, enjoy lunch and watch the boat traffic.

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