MI Historical Marker - Sand Point Lighthouse

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is not only blessed with plentiful waterfalls, pasties, and moose. No, it also has plenty of lighthouses, as the one we visited in Escanaba, Sand Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse, first lit in 1868, sits on Sand Point which juts Little Bay de Noc, a bay on the north edge of Lake Michigan. The lighthouse is tourable (my own word, you're welcome), if you're there during the summer months. If you're there in the winter months - well, stay warm.

If you are one of the fortunate ones to be enjoying a wonderful summer vacation in the western U.P., you can examine the lighthouse's museum, and climb to the top for a view of the surrounding bay. Or a view of Ludington Park and enormous Harbor Tower Apartments, the only building rising about the tree line - the U.P. version of a skyscraper.

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From 1868 to 1939 the Sand Point Lighthouse warned mariners of the spit of land extending into Little Bay de Noc at the entrance to Escanaba Harbor. The U.S. Congress authorized construction of the lighthouse in 1864, shortly after the first railroad began hauling iron ore from the mines to docks at Escanaba. The newly appointed keeper, John Terry, died just before the opening of the light, so his wife, Mary, lit the lamp for the first time on May 13, 1868. Mary Terry served as keeper until March 1886 when she died in a mysterious fire at the lighthouse. In 1939 the new crib light began operating in the harbor. From 1985 to 1990 the Delta County Historical Society restored the lighthouse and tower.

Latitude: 45.744669
Longitude: -87.044430

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