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My Love Affair With Lighthouses – Part 1

January 18, 2013

“From a distance is a light, out of a cold cloudy night, warning ships without sight, a lighthouse beacon burns bright.”  ~ Tom Baker

O..St. Ignace Lighthouse

My name is Linda, and I am a lighthouse addict.   I’m very fortunate to live in Michigan, The Great Lakes State, where hundreds of beautiful lighthouses dot thousands of miles of lakeshore and are easily accessible to lighthouse lovers such as myself.  Whenever a road trip takes me along our state’s beautiful shoreline, I am drawn to any sign pointing the way to a lighthouse.  Below are a few of my favorite images from past travels, some of which have been digitally enhanced with Adobe Lightroom.

1.  Tawas Point Lighthouse (1876) – located in Northern Michigan, part of the Tawas Point State Park near the Lake Huron Resort town of the same name.  I discovered this beautiful sight during an autumn road trip in 2007 with my parents and brother.   www.michigan.gov/tawaslighthouse.

A.Tawas Point Lighthouse (101)

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2.  Presque Isle Lighthouse (1840) – located along Lake Huron in Northern Michigan (north of Alpena).  According to the Presque Isle Township Museum Society, this is the tallest lighthouse on the Great Lakes that is open to the public.  I came across this lighthouse during the same autumn 2007 road trip mentioned above.  I’m pretty sure we arrived just as the museum was closing for the day as I don’t have any photos from the top.  Guess I’ll have to take another road trip so I can make that climb.  www.presqueislelighthouses.org.

B.Presque Isle Lighthouse (101)

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3.  40 Mile Point Lighthouse ( 1897) – located 40 miles northwest of Thunder Bay and 40 miles southeast of Old Mackinaw Point along Lake Huron near Hammond Bay in Northern Michigan (north of Rogers City).  I love the name of this lighthouse and its sweet location. I’ve visited this sight several times, but this photo is from the same 2007 autum road trip mentioned above.  An excerpt from the the website’s “History” section mentions that in 1889, the Lighthouse Board recommended $26,000 be appropriated to build a new light and fog signal at this location.  Congress finally authorized the project in 1893, but failed to provide the necessary funding.  Obviously the appropriate was eventually authorized, but I find it ironic that more than a hundred years later, Congress hasn’t really changed.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.  www.40milepointlighthouse.org.

D.Forty Mile Lighthouse (101)

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4.  Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse (1889) – located in Mackinaw City at the tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula where Lake Huron and Lake Michigan meet to form the Straits of Mackinac, part of Mackinac State Historic Parks.  My all-time favorite Michigan lighthouse, probably for sentimental reasons.  Mackinaw City has been a long time family vacation destination so I have been witness to the evolution of this lighthouse during the past 50 years from an abandoned building standing in the shadows of the newly built Mackinac Bridge with a light that was no longer needed into a significant historical attraction giving visitors a unique and breathtaking birdseye view of the Straits.  This is just one of many, many photos I have of  this treasured Mackinaw City landmark.  www.mackinacparks.com/old-mackinac-point-lighthouse

I.Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse (104)

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5.  McGulpin Point Lighthouse (1869) – located a couple of miles west of Mackinaw City, along the Lake Michigan bluff overlooking the Straits of Mackinac.  After many, many years as a private residence, the astute powers that be in Emmet County purchased the “lighthouse home” in 2008 and subsequently transformed it into a wonderful museum.  I visited the lighthouse for the first time in August 2010 and has become one of my favorite museum attractions.      www.mightymac.org/mcgulpinspointlight

H..McGulpin Point Lighthouse (102)

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Stay tuned for more about “My Love Affair With Lighthouses”……………………………………………………………

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