“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Mackinaw City in Cheboygan County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 26, 2004
1. Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse Marker
Inscription. This light is opposite the turning point for ships making the difficult passage through the Straits of Mackinac, one of the busiest crossroads of the Great Lakes. McGulpin's Point light, two miles to the west, had been established in 1856, but it was not visible from all directions. In 1889 Congress appropriated funds for the construction of a steam-powered fog signal here, which went into operation on November 5, 1890. Construction of the light tower and attached lightkeeper's dwelling began, and the light was first displayed on October 25, 1892. Heavy iron and brass castings were used throughout the structure, and the light was visible to ships sixteen miles away. In operation until 1958, the lighthouse is now a maritime museum.
Erected 1972 by Michigan Historical Commission, Mackinac Island State Park Commission. (Marker Number 377.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 45° 47.252′ N, 84° 43.779′ W. Marker is in Mackinaw City, Michigan, in Cheboygan County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Huron Avenue and North Nicolet Street. Click for map. Located on grounds of Mackinac Island State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Mackinaw City MI 49701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 26, 2004
2. Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mackinac Bridge (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Michilimackinac (approx. mile away); Island-Hopping the Straits (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Mill Creek (approx. 4.1 miles away); St. Ignace (approx. 5.6 miles away); Round Island Lighthouse (approx. 6.7 miles away); American Fur Company Store (approx. 6.9 miles away); Historic Fort Mackinac (approx. 7.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mackinaw City.
Also see . . .  Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. Mackinac State Historic Parks (Submitted on February 3, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 521 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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