We picked up another lighthouse stamp today, the Point Iroquois Lighthouse on Whitefish Bay, in the Michigan Upper Peninsula. We also got to go inside and see where the lighthouse keepers lived with their family. This was one of the lighthouses in Michigan where the light keepers could have their families live with them while on duty.
The Hiawatha National Forest maintains Point Iroquois Lighthouse as a historic structure. It is located a few miles north of Bay Mills in Brimley, on the lakeshore drive. The point is the site of a historic battle between the Iroquois and Chippewa Indians. As a strategic gateway to the St. Marys River channel, the point served as a navigational aid to early voyageur-traders and later the commercial shipping industry. The lighthouse was constructed in 1870 and operated until 1963 when it was de-activated and replaced by an automatic light in the middle of the channel. I tried to get a picture of the floating lighthouse miles away too, it’s not the greatest but you can at least see the shape of it.
Visitors can climb the stairs to the top of the lighthouse tower and view the lake and channel through a telescope. There is also a small museum exhibit and a rendition of the captains quarters and a boardwalk nature trail around the point. I took a lot of pictures with much more information for our readers who love lighthouses. I hope you enjoy them, check back later for more from Michigan.