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BIG SABLE POINT (GRAND POINT AU SABLE) LIGHT

State: MICHIGAN
Location: EAST SHORE OF LAKE MICHIGAN
Nearest City: LUDINGTON
County: MASON
U.S.C.G. District: 9
Year Station Established: 1867


Big Sable Point (Grand Point au Sable) Light
Photo by Terry Pepper, September 1998
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1867
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1968
  • Foundation Materials: WOOD PILINGS
  • Construction Materials: BRICK ENCASED IN IRON PLATE
  • Markings/Patterns: MIDDLE THIRD/TOP BLACK, REMAINDER WHITE
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 112
  • Original Optic: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1867
  • Present Optic: 300 MM
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 106
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: FRESNEL LENS TRANSFERRED TO ROSE HAWLEY MUSEUM
  • IN LUDINGTON
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO (LOST TO EROSION 1941)
  • Year Constructed: 1897
  • Construction Materials:
  • Architectural Style:
  • Fog Signal Type: ORIG. STEAM/LATER DIESEL
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES (MODIFIED 1909 & 1948)
  • Year Constructed: 1867
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: ATTACHED TO TOWER
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
Other Structures: NONE/ORIG. OIL HOUSE, 2 GARAGES

Current Use: MUSEUM / ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: STATE OF MICHIGAN, DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES LEASE TO BIG SABLE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS ASSOCIATION

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information)

Web Site: LINK

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #83004296
Name of Listing: BIG SABLE POINT LIGHT STATION (U.S. COAST GUARD / GREAT LAKES TR)
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 1988

Miscellaneous:
TOWER ENCASED IN IRON PLATE IN 1900; LIGHT STATION TRANSFERRED TO STATE OWNERSHIP NOV 1, 2002



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