East Tawas in Iosco County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Preserving the Light
The New Light Keepers
The State of Michigan acquired Tawas Point Light from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2002. The light will be managed by the Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Division, and interpreted by the Department of History, Arts and Libraries, Michigan Historical Center.
Preservation and Restoration
The Lighthouse will be restored according to federal standards for historic preservation. The first steps will be to protect the building from the weather by repairing the roof, tuck-pointing the masonry and painting the tower. Then the interior will be returned to its early 20th century appearance.
As restoration work proceeds, Michigan Historical Center staff will plan exhibits for the grounds and the interior.
Tawas Point is built on the same plan as the Sturgeon Point (below), St. Helena Island and Poverty Island Lights. Comparing the four lights can answer questions about how to restore them.
Recording oral histories of people who lived and worked at the lighthouse is an important part of preserving its story. Genevieve Lomas,
We Need Your Help
The Michigan Historical Museum needs your help in finding artifacts, photographs and stories about the Tawas Point lighthouse and its keepers. If you have artifacts that were used at the lighthouse, photos of people who lived and worked here, or know of anyone with stories to tell about the lighthouse, please contact:
Michigan Historical Museum
702 W. Kalamazoo Street
Lansing, MI 48909
You can help by purchasing a Save Our Lights license plate. The license plates may be ordered by mail, fax or in person at Secretary of State branch offices. The order form is also available at: www.michigan.gov/sos The Michigan Lighthouse Project is a coalition of state and federal, public and private organizations working to preserve Michigan's lighthouses. Its web address is: http://mhpn.org The generous support of the Michigan legislature has created Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Grants administered by the Michigan Historical Center.
Erected by Michigan Historical Center & Michigan Historical Museum.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkCommunications • Parks & Recreational Areas • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses series list.
Location. 44° 15.247′ N, 83° 26.943′ W. Marker is in East Tawas, Michigan, in Iosco County. Marker can be reached from Tawas Beach Road 3˝ miles east of U.S. 23. Marker is located inside Tawas Point State Park, at the end of Tawas Beach Road, along the walking path on the northeast side of the lighthouse. 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. A New Light on the Horizon (here, next to this marker); The Changing Shape of Tawas Point (here, next to this marker); Tawas Point Light Station (a few steps from this marker); Double Dwelling (within shouting distance of this marker); Tawas Lighthouse (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. This is a tall, metal, triangular, "kiosk-style" marker.
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 84 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.