Near Brimley in Chippewa County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Point Iroquois Light Station
Local Ties Made it "A Home, Not Just a Station"
The closest settlement to Point Iroquois was the Methodist Indian Mission 2 ½ miles away. Before European immigrants poured into the area in the late 1800s, most of the neighbors were Native American (Anishinabeg) families involved with commercial fishing. Two local Anishinabeg women, Jane Teeple (daughter of Muckwabwan) and Martha Smith (member of Omawnomawne's Band), kept house and raised families at the lighthouse when their Euro-American husbands served as Keepers (Simon Teeple, 1857-1862 and Hosea Smith, 1869-1887). Many of their descendants
Point Iroquois Light Station Timeline
1855 Original light tower and wooden keepers building built.
1870 Original tower and dwelling replaced by new brick tower and attached dwelling.
1904-1906 Large addition to east side more than doubles size of dwelling, and new barn, fog signal, boathouse, dock, and 600 feet of concrete sidewalks also constructed.
1933 Station modernized, including installation of electric generators
1937 Stone walls around yard completed by Chief John Soldenski and friends.
1962 Lighthouse decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard. Out buildings removed.
1965 Hiawatha National Forest takes over management of site.
1974-1975 Lighthouse Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
1982 Bay Mills-Brimley Historical Research Society begins partnership with Hiawatha National Forest to preserve and interpret the lighthouse for the public.
1984 First volunteer live-in "keepers" (caretakers).
1988 Grand opening of Point Iroquois Lighthouse Museum.
1989-1991 Restoration and repairs. (Lighthouse Service Bicentennial Fund
Erected by Whitefish Bay Scenic Byway and Hiawatha National Forest.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
Location. 46° 29.041′ N, 84° 37.892′ W. Marker is near Brimley, Michigan, in Chippewa County. Marker can be reached from West Lakeshore Drive (Iroquois Road), 0.7 miles east of South Monocle Lake Road, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located in a boardwalk kiosk at the east end of the Point Iroquois Light Station parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12942 West Lakeshore Drive, Brimley MI 49715, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Anishinabeg (here, next to this marker); Place of the Iroquois Bones (here, next to this marker); Glacial Gifts (here, next to this marker); Point Iroquois (a few steps from this marker).
Regarding Point Iroquois Light Station. National Register of Historic Places #75000940.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Point Iroquois Light Station, Michigan
Also see . . .
1. Point Iroquois Lighthouse. Work on the lighthouse, (Submitted on August 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Point Iroquois Lighthouse. The purpose of the Point Iroquois Light Station was to guide freighters safely between the open waters of Whitefish Bay and the St. Mary’s River. The light station served passing sailors by marking the narrow channel between the shallow sand bars and shoals off Point Iroquois and the rocky reefs of Gros Cap on the Canadian side of the bay. (Submitted on August 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Point Iroquois Light Station National Register Nomination. (Submitted on August 9, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 8, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 152 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 8, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on August 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.