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 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.
Following 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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  • What an absolute gem! We have been climbing lighthouses since 1995 and this is our first in Michigan. Absolutely loved the staff and the quaint gift shop/ticket booth. The view is definitely worth...  more »
  • Beautiful, historic lighthouse. Buy your tickets near the parking lot for $8 a person. Climb to the top and take in all the views. I went solo to the top, and it’s a tight climb. Definitely worth it.....  more »
  • Very cool lighthouse, it is a must see if you are in the area. Small fee to get in but it goes to the nonprofit that runs and maintains it, so a very good cause. View is breathtaking at the top. Note, they don't let small kids go to the top for safety reasons.
  • It's a very cool place to visit. I can't tell you much about the light house. I grew up around the outer Banks and once you've seen one there pretty much all the same except location. It looks cool from the outside. Again the local people are so friendly around this area. Plenty of walking. Clear water to swim in. There is nice little souvenir shop at the entrance of the light house. One thing I will stress on is speed. Folks, do the dang speed limit. It is 15mph, DO IT. there are kids walking around.anyone with kids will tell you, they run first and look second. So please slow down. There is a great bar and restaurant just before the light house. Sorry can't give name don't remember it. Just around the corner is a ice cream shop. Right next door to the dune buggy rides. Good ice cream. There are a few mom and pop stores in-between the sand Dunes and the light house. Have fun.
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