The Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
526 North Huron Avenue, Mackinac City, USA
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The Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse Mar 17, 2013
The Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse went into service in 1892 to help guide ships through the Straits of Mackinac which connects Lake Huron to Lake Michigan and separates the state of Michigan's two peninsulas. The station's steam operated fog signal had been in operation since 1890.
The round tower attached to a castle-like keeper's house is unique to the Great Lakes. This lighthouse was rendered unnecessary by the lights of the newly completed Mackinac Bridge and deactivated in 1957. The lighthouse is located at the southeast foot of the Mackinac Bridge.
The lighthouse has been restored to its 1910 appearance and reopened to the public since 2004 serving as a maritime museum. Hands-on exhibits allow visitors to test their nighttime navigation skills or light up a miniature Fresnel lens. Guides lead frequent tours up the tower and into the lantern room. The Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse has been proposed as the future site for a national lighthouse museum.
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