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Old Mission Point in Grand Traverse County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Oil House

 
 
Oil House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 26, 2016
1. Oil House Marker
Inscription.  
When lighthouses first operated, sperm whale oil used to fuel the lamps was kept in the basement. However, in the late 1800s, when kerosene was introduced as fuel for the lights, it was much too flammable and dangerous to store in the Lighthouse, so a separate brick building had to be constructed to hold the kereosene.
 
Erected by Peninsula Township Park Board.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses series list.
 
Location. 44° 59.473′ N, 85° 28.747′ W. Marker is in Old Mission Point, Michigan, in Grand Traverse County. Marker and Light Station are in Peninsula Township Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20500 Center Road, Traverse City MI 49686, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Lighthouse Privy (a few steps from this marker); A Light at Old Mission (within shouting distance of this marker); Hesler Log House (within shouting
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distance of this marker); The Hessler Log Home (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Peninsula Township War Memorial (about 500 feet away); Dougherty Mission House / Rushmore House and Inn (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Old Mission House (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Old Mission Church (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Old Mission Point.
 
Also see . . .  Mission Point Lighthouse. Lighthouse website homepage (Submitted on September 25, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Oil House and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 26, 2016
2. Oil House and Marker
Oil House Interior image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 26, 2016
3. Oil House Interior
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 25, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 328 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 25, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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