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Mackinaw City in Cheboygan County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lighthouses of the Mackinac Straits

Mackinaw City Historical Pathway

 
 
Lighthouses of the Mackinac Straits Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2014
1. Lighthouses of the Mackinac Straits Marker
Inscription.  The Mackinac Straits, with its narrow passage and the many reefs and shoals to the east and west, has been one of the most dangerous points on the Great Lakes for sailors since the late seventeenth century, evidenced by the many shipwrecks in the area. Storms and fog created additional hazards to shipping and made navigation of the Straits a very risky venture.

Lighthouses marked the more dangerous reefs or channels and could be seen from miles away. They helped steer the ships safely through the narrow Straits and among the many islands and reefs. Originally, light ships were anchored at these locations, but eventually were replaced by sturdy buildings with high light towers. Although modern radar and the construction of the Mackinac Bridge reduced the need for the lighthouses, many of these pictured here are still in use.

(photo captions)
• Light ship Lansing Shoal docked at St. Ignace for the winter • Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse • Poe Reef Lighthouse • Waugoshance Point Lighthouse • St. Helena Island Lighthouse • Spectacle Reef Lighthouse • McGulpin Point Lighthouse • Grays Reef Lighthouse • Mackinac Island
Lighthouses of the Mackinac Straits Marker image. Click for full size.
2. Lighthouses of the Mackinac Straits Marker
(marker on left • Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse in right background)
Lighthouse • White Shoal Lighthouse • Round Island Lighthouse
 
Erected by Mackinaw City Historical Pathway. (Marker Number 30.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses series list.
 
Location. 45° 47.275′ N, 84° 43.776′ W. Marker is in Mackinaw City, Michigan, in Cheboygan County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Huron Avenue and Ducharme Street when traveling north. Marker is located along the Mackinaw City Historical Pathway, just north of the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Alexander Henry Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 518 North Huron Avenue, Mackinaw City MI 49701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fog Signal Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Shipwrecks in the Straits (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Crossroads of the Great Lakes (about 400 feet away); Fort Michilimackinac / Michilimackinac State Park (about 500 feet away); Building Mighty Mac (about 500 feet away); Graveyard of the Deep
Round Island Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2017
3. Round Island Lighthouse
(Mackinaw Island in background)
(about 500 feet away); Alexander Henry 1739 - 1834 (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mackinaw City.
 
Also see . . .
1. Mackinac Straits Michigan Interactive Lighthouse Map. Click on a lighthouse name or icon for more information on that lighthouse. (Submitted on August 14, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Lighthouses of the Straits of Mackinac. Some of these photos were taken during a lighthouse tour during the North American Light House Festival held in Mackinaw City, Michigan. (Submitted on August 14, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. 14 Lighthouses to Explore in the Straits of Mackinac. Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state (at nearly 120) and the Straits of Mackinac is home to more than a dozen of these historic navigational aids. These lights remain a testament to the state’s early maritime history. (Submitted on August 14, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Mackinac Bridge (<i>looking north from marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2014
4. Mackinac Bridge (looking north from marker)
Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2014
5. Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse
(located just south of marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 63 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 13, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 14, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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