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East Tawas in Iosco County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Oil House

 
 
Oil House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 24, 2018
1. Oil House Marker
Inscription.
”Put oil in new Oil House, cleaned same.”
Lightkeeper Samuel Palmer, May 26, 1989

Fuel for the Tawas Point light was originally stored in an oil room in the keeper’s dwelling. During the 1870s the Lighthouse Service changed fuels from lard oil to highly flammable mineral oil (kerosene). But it was 1898 before Tawas lightkeepers had a separate storage building for their fuel.

A three-man crew from Detroit built the oil house in 4½ days in 1898. They used a design that had been used at Great Lakes light stations for more than 20 years.
 
Erected by Michigan Historical Center, Department of History, Arts and Libraries.
 
Location. 44° 15.248′ N, 83° 26.983′ 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. Touch for map. Marker and subject Oil House are located inside Tawas Point State Park, at the end of Tawas Beach Road, near the northwest corner of the lighthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 686 Tawas Beach Road, East Tawas MI 48730, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tawas Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Double Dwelling
Oil House (<i>tall view; marker on right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 24, 2018
2. Oil House (tall view; marker on right)
(within shouting distance of this marker); Tawas Point Light Station (within shouting distance of this marker); The Changing Shape of Tawas Point (within shouting distance of this marker); A New Light on the Horizon (within shouting distance of this marker); Preserving the Light (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. This marker is sun-faded and somewhat difficult to read.
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Oil House (<i>wide view from Tawas Lighthouse; Tawas Bay in the background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 24, 2018
3. Oil House (wide view from Tawas Lighthouse; Tawas Bay in the background)
Oil House (<i>view of Oil House [left], Garage & Tawas Bay from lighthouse tower</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 24, 2018
4. Oil House (view of Oil House [left], Garage & Tawas Bay from lighthouse tower)
Tawas Point Lighthouse (<i>wide view; Oil House on left side</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 24, 2018
5. Tawas Point Lighthouse (wide view; Oil House on left side)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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