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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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  • Point Sable Lighthouse is a must see when in the Mears, MI area. It is the tallest lighthouse along Lake Michigan, and yes, IT IS TALL!!! An absolutely beautiful lighthouse located along the dunes and...  read more »
  • This is in a state park so there is a entrance fee. If you like you can clime the 132 steps to the top of the lighthouse. The $5 donation that goes to the group's of volunteers that maintain the light...  read more »
  • According to the sign it is 1.8 miles to the light (X2) but is well worth it. Beautiful walk and great view from top. Always enjoy the enthusiasm of the volunteers. They seem to enjoy what they do and...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Amazing lighthouse and amazing views of the Michigan lakeshore...130 steps to the top, but well worth it!
  • We loved going to the top, it was stormy that day and we could hear thunder over the lake. The inside of the lighthouse is interesting and has lots of little details to explore. It doesn't cost a lot to get to climb to the top 😂
  • Nice place. Beautiful sunset
  • Out of all the 22 Lighthouses we visited this trip this is my favorite, not because of its History, but its ornate construction giving it a fairy tale appearance
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