East Tawas in Iosco County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
It is respectfully requested that the Board take under consideration the advisability of erecting a set of quarters at this station for the assistant keeper.
Major Thomas Handbury
Corps of Engineers to Light-House Board
Over the next twenty years, other officials repeated Handbury's recommendation, but assistant keepers at Tawas continued living in “temporary quarters little better than shacks.” In 1921 the Lighthouse Service moved a house to this site from the Ecorse Light Station on the Detroit River. It was converted to a two-family residence.
Lightkeepers and Coast Guard personnel used the double dwelling until 1993. It was removed in 2002.
Erected by Michigan History Center and Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Communications • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses series list.
Location. 44° 15.239′ N, Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 686 Tawas Beach Road, East Tawas MI 48730, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tawas Point Light Station (here, next to this marker); Tawas Lighthouse (a few steps from this marker); A New Light on the Horizon (within shouting distance of this marker); Preserving the Light (within shouting distance of this marker); The Changing Shape of Tawas Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Oil House (within shouting distance of this marker); Konotin-Iosco (approx. 3˝ miles away); Alabaster (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East Tawas.
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted horizontally, on a waist-high post.
Also see . . . Tawas Point Lighthouse. (This link presents a photo of the lighthouse before removal of the assistant's dwelling.) The State of Michigan acquired the lighthouse from the Coast Guard in 2002, and that same year Building Restoration Inc. of Kalamazoo was contracted to install a metal shingle roof on the dwelling and paint the tower. Along with this work, an old garage next to the lighthouse was remodeled to serve as an interpretive (Submitted on October 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.