Waugoshance Point sits out at the far western end of Wilderness State Park at the tip of the mitten. The mysterious metal framework sits on the point. I have seen where some people refer to it as a glider frame. After looking at it I am not convinced that is what it is. I did not have a magnet with me but I am sure it is made out of thin wall steel tubing. It is about 5 feet tall, 10 feet long and about 3 feet wide. The tubing at the back has been cut off so it may have been a lot longer at one time. The fact that it is steel makes me think that it was not used for anything aeronautical since it would be rather heavy. It does look like it may have been used by the military since it seems rather complicated in design. Some people have said it looks like an old dune buggy frame but that does not look right to me either.
During WWII the military did a lot of drone testing in northern Lake Michigan and used the old Waugoshance Lighthouse for a target. I am thinking that this may be some sort of launching framework for a drone but I am still not sure about that. I looked all over it for a serial number or some sort of markings but I could not find anything. I have been trying to get out to see this thing for several years but with the water levels of Lake Michigan being high it was surrounded by water. I finally made it out to Waugoshance Point this fall. If you know what this thing is or was please post a comment below.
For more about the Waugoshance Lighthouse and the drone program, I hope you will take a look at my book Light From The Birdcage HERE
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