Sand Point Lighthouse, Escanaba

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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.
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  • Gorgeous little lighthouse. Opened in 1868 to prevent ships coming into Escanaba from hitting the sandbard. Only open in summer, but it is pleasant to walk around the park.  more »
  • What a cute little lighthouse! We didn't go into it but just drove bye. It is in the same area as a very nice park and is very easy to get to. We were in a motorcoach so it would be easy for a RV to d...  more »
  • Stopped by here after checking out of our Hotel.Very nice to see a part of History, the Lighthouses that lit our world throughout the Great Lakes.To make sure ships could be safe while traveling,at al...  more »
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