Sand Point Lighthouse, Escanaba
Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
The Sand Point Lighthouse is located in Escanaba, Michigan, United States, on Lake Michigan's northern shore. Since 1989, it has been an unofficial aid to navigation. Though it is an operational aid to navigation. The restored lighthouse is now open to the public during the summer months. It is also known as the Escanaba/Sand Point (Little Bay de Noc) Light or the Escanaba Light. This Sand Point Light is one of two bearing that name in Michigan. The other is in Baraga.HistorySoon after it became a town in 1863, Escanaba was quickly growing as an important shipping port. The Peninsula Railroad was completed in 1864, which linked Escanaba to the iron mines of the Upper Peninsula to the north. Iron ore docks were built in the Escanaba harbor and the shipping of iron ore to steel mills along the Great Lakes became Escanaba's leading industry.As shipping traffic increased dramatically, so did the need for some sort of light structure to guide the ships in and out of the harbor and to warn them of the treacherous sand shoals that reached out into Little Bay de Noc from Sand Point, a sandspit located just south of and adjacent to the harbor area. The United States Lighthouse Service approved construction of the Sand Point Lighthouse at a cost of $11,000. Construction began in the fall of 1867 and was completed in early spring 1868. The light first shone on the night of May 13, 1868.Arrange your visit to Sand Point Lighthouse and discover more family-friendly attractions in Escanaba using our Escanaba itinerary planner.
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We live in the area, but every now and then we love to go to the light house and the museum and look at all the stuff, walk the steps to the top of the light house and just look out over the water. Th... read more »
The lighthouse is furnished and you can walk through the levels. There is a guide on hand to answer questions and our guide was quite informative and great with children. You can go out on top. While ... read more »
Interesting visit and nice people. Many old tools and implements to see. I found the Winchester ammunition display particularly informative.
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