Near Ludington in Mason County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Big Sable Point Lighthouse
Called Grande Pointe au Sable by French explorers and traders, Big Sable Point was an important landmark for mariners traveling a treacherous stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline between Big Sable Point and present-day Ludington. In 1855 twelve ships wrecked in that area. Commerce linked to the burgeoning lumber industry required Big Sable Point be suitably lighted. State Senator Charles Mears pressed the legislature to ask the federal government for a light station at Big Sable. In 1866 the United States Congress appropriated $35,000 for a lighthouse, which was built the following year. As the lumbering era waned, steamers carrying coal foodstuffs and tourists continued to rely on the lighthouse for navigation.
The Big Sable Point Lighthouse is one of the few Michigan lights with a tower reaching 100 feet. Completed in 1867, Big Sable's tower measures 112 feet high. In 1902 the deteriorating brick tower was encased in steel. The keeper's dwelling, which once housed a single family, has been enlarged over the years, resulting in the present three-family residence. Indoor plumbing and heating and a diesel electric generator were added in 1949. In 1953 power lines were extended to the Point. In 1968 the tradition of light-keeping begun in 1867 by Alonzo A. Hyde and his wife, Laura,
Erected 2000 by Michigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1518.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 44° 3.457′ N, 86° 30.873′ W. Marker is near Ludington, Michigan, in Mason County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 116 5.4 miles north of Piney Ridge Road. Touch for map. This marker and lighthouse are located in Ludington State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Ludington MI 49431, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. World War Memorial (approx. 7.2 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 7.3 miles away); S.S. City of Flint 32 (approx. 7.4 miles away); Armistice Day Storm (approx. 7.4 miles away); S.S. Pere Marquette 18 (approx. 7½ miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 7.6 miles away); "The Abbie" (approx. 7.7 miles away); "Sport Fishing" (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ludington.
Also see . . .
1. Big Sable Point Light at Lighthouse Depot. (Submitted on April 25, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association. (Submitted on April 25, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 25, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 770 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 25, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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