Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse (HMQSH)

Location: Mackinaw City, MI 49701 Cheboygan County
Country: United States of America

N 45° 47.252', W 84° 43.779'

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This light is opposite the turning point for ships making the difficult passage through the Straits of Mackinac, one of the busiest crossroads of the Great Lakes. McGulpin's Point light, two miles to the west, had been established in 1856, but it was not visible from all directions. In 1889 Congress appropriated funds for the construction of a steam-powered fog signal here, which went into operation on November 5, 1890. Construction of the light tower and attached lightkeeper's dwelling began, and the light was first displayed on October 25, 1892. Heavy iron and brass castings were used throughout the structure, and the light was visible to ships sixteen miles away. In operation until 1958, the lighthouse is now a maritime museum.
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker Number377
Year Placed1972
Placed ByMichigan Historical Commission, Mackinac Island State Park Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 3:23am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 676468 N 5072948
Decimal Degrees45.78753333, -84.72965000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 47.252', W 84° 43.779'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 47' 15.12" N, 84° 43' 46.74" W
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Area Code(s)231, 906
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 520 N Huron Ave, Mackinaw City MI 49701, US
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