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

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

 
 
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 26, 2004
1. Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse Marker
Inscription. This light is opposite the turning point for ships making the difficult passage through the Straits of Mackinac, one of the busiest crossroads of the Great Lakes. McGulpin's Point light, two miles to the west, had been established in 1856, but it was not visible from all directions. In 1889 Congress appropriated funds for the construction of a steam-powered fog signal here, which went into operation on November 5, 1890. Construction of the light tower and attached lightkeeper's dwelling began, and the light was first displayed on October 25, 1892. Heavy iron and brass castings were used throughout the structure, and the light was visible to ships sixteen miles away. In operation until 1958, the lighthouse is now a maritime museum.
 
Erected 1972 by Michigan Historical Commission, Mackinac Island State Park Commission. (Marker Number 377.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 45° 47.252′ N, 84° 43.779′ W. Marker is in Mackinaw City, Michigan, in Cheboygan County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Huron Avenue and North Nicolet Street. Touch for map. Located on grounds of Mackinac Island State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Mackinaw City MI 49701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 26, 2004
2. Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Building Mighty Mac (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Graveyard of the Deep (about 500 feet away); Mackinac Bridge (about 700 feet away); Michigan's First Jewish Settler (about 700 feet away); Fort Michilimackinac (approx. mile away); Island-Hopping the Straits (approx. 0.4 miles away); Historic Mackinaw City (approx. half a mile away); The Dixie Highway (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mackinaw City.
 
Also see . . .  Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. Mackinac State Historic Parks (Submitted on February 3, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 570 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 3, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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