The cape cod style Sturgeon Point lighthouse was built in 1869 after it was determined there needed to be a lighthouse between Tawas and Alpena’s Thunder Bay. The brick tower stands 70 feet tall and has a 3.5 order Fresnel lens that was originally installed at Oswego New York. Sturgeon Point is one of a few lighthouses left on the great lakes still using a Fresnel Lens.
Legend has it if you press your ear to the lighthouse’s tower, you may hear the echoes of a Native American that fell inside the tower. He caught his foot on the cast iron circular stair case, hanging himself upside down. When he died, his soul entered the staircase’s suspension pole. Sometimes visitors can still hear his cries for help. I read about it HERE
The light is still maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard and the keeper’s house is now a maritime museum open on weekends to visitors. The abandoned Poverty Island Lighthouse is a twin of the Sturgeon Point Lighthouse, it’s on my bucket list of places to see.
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