I just found out that the Coast Guard is looking at removing the Fresnel lens from the Tawas Point Lighthouse and moving the light to the fog signal tower farther down the point. the Coast Guard press release is HERE . The current lighthouse was completed in 1876 and still currently guides ships into Tawas Bay with its 4th order Fresnel lens. One of the few lighthouses in the nation still using the old original lens, the Coast Guard owns the light, but the Michigan DNR owns the lighthouse. The Coast Guard said they are removing the lens to preserve it, and usually loan them to museums, and since the lighthouse is a museum, I am hoping that they decide to keep it at Tawas Point. I also hope they will have a light in the lighthouse, not for an aid to navigation, but it is nice to see a light emanating from the tower. While I was camping at the state park, at night you could see the light from the campground.
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