Big Bay Point Lighthouse

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Big Bay Point Lighthouse Jul 14, 2009
The Big Bay Point Lighthouse was constructed in 1896 after numerous shipwrecks on the rocky point located half way between Marquette and the Keweenaw Portage Entry on Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. At the time, the station was isolated - only accessible by water. The two-story brick duplex dwelling housed the Head Keeper and his family on one side and Assistant Keeper and family on the other. Each had a kitchen, parlor, and dining room downstairs and three bedrooms upstairs. Water, collected from the roof eaves into cisterns in each basement, was pumped up to the kitchen sinks for washing dishes. Keeper's wives had not only the domestic chores of cooking and housekeeping, but of home-schooling any children in residence.

A red-brick, 65-foot, square tower adjoined the lighthouse. Its white lantern room housed a Third Order Fresnel Lens fitted with a three-wick oil burner. A rotating bull's-eye panel produced a brilliant white flash every twenty seconds. At a focal plane of 105 feet above the lake, the light was visible for 16 miles. An office at the base of the tower was accessible from the Head Keeper's residence. The light was automated in 1944 though the original Fresnel Lens remains on display in the brick fog horn building.

The buildings and land were leased to the U.S. Army in 1951. Anti-aircraft guns were installed on the cliff east of the lighthouse and used for gunnery practice firing at targets towed behind airplanes over the lake. It was one of those Army officers who, in 1952, murdered the owner of the Lumberjack Tavern in Big Bay, an incident that inspired the novel and movie 'Anatomy of a Murder.'

In 1961, the Big Bay Point Light was deactivated and sold to a series of private parties. Since 1986 it has served as a Bed and Breakfast. Accessible by road 3.5 miles from Big Bay, the site remains timeless in its natural, unspoiled wooded setting overlooking the clear, deep, and rocky waters of Lake Superior. The light was re-activated in 1990 and remains the only active lighthouse serving as a Bed and Breakfast.
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