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Little Sable Point Lighthouse, Mears

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The Little Sable Point Light is a lighthouse located south of Pentwater in the lower peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is in the southwest corner of Golden Township, just south of Silver Lake State Park.The lighthouse was designed by Col. Orlando M. Poe and has been described as "A classic Poe tower." The design used 109 1-foot-diameter wood pilings to be driven into the sand, capped by 12 feet of stone as a stout base for the brick tower. The walls of the tower are thick at the base and at its zenith.HistoryFollowing the loss of the Schooner Pride in 1866, public outcries for a light at this locale were finally heard and heeded. Congress approved funding in 1871, but construction was delayed until 1874 due to lack of roads to the site.The station was originally named "Petite Pointe Au Sable Lighthouse", which is the name used on most official records; officially, however, the name was changed in 1910. Although commonly called "Little Sable Point Light", it is listed by the National Park Service as "Little Point Sable Light".The lantern room has eight fixed panels in its lower section, and the upper has ten rotating panels.In 1954, the Lighthouse keeper's dwelling was destroyed by the Coast Guard when electricity reached the site and the light was automated. "Evidence of the connection between the dwelling and tower are obvious to the visitor."
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  • Restored light house. On a small beach. Easy walk to the house. Easy bike ride from Silver Lake if you are camping staying in area  more »
  • This lighthouse is unique in that it is made of red bricks. It offers tours and from the top you can see for miles.  more »
  • Very cool lighthouse overlooking Lake Michigan. My wife is claustrophobic, so she didn't enjoy it as much because of the tight quarters in going up the stairs. But worth the short climb!  more »
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  • Very pretty area. Nice sandy beach.
  • Cool spot with free concerts some nights. Cool view from the top of the light.
  • Really cool lighthouse! Beautiful views from the top and it doesn't cost much to venture up there. You can capture some breathtaking photos and sunsets from here!
  • One of the best places in the state to view the sunset, and one of the most beautiful settings for a lighthouse in the state.
  • The view from the top is incredible.!The tickets were about $5/person and were definitely worth it. Kids get coloring books and adults get pamphlets with amazing pictures in them.

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