It’s always a fun trip to see the lighthouse at the tip of Whitefish Point but it is interesting to visit it during the winter. Living downstate we get some snow but they get a lot up at Whitefish Point. It must have been a quite existence taking care of the light way back in the day. Today the historic lighthouse is all bundled up and in hibernation for the winter but a historical marker proudly stands in front of it and reads:
This light, the oldest on Lake Superior, began operating in 1849, though the present tower was constructed later. Early a stopping place for Indians, voyageurs, and Jesuit missionaries, the point marks the course change for ore boats and other ships navigating this treacherous coastline to and from St. Mary’s Canal. Since 1971 the light, fog signal, and radio beacon have been automated and controlled from Sault Ste. Marie.
If you ever get a chance to visit the lighthouse and the nearby T-Falls in winter you should do it. It’s cold but really peaceful without all the tourists.
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