Lighthouse before restoration
Restored McGulpin's Point Lighthouse
McGulpin Point Lighthouse (1869) is located on
a bluff overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, 2 miles west of Old Mackinac
Point Lighthouse near the Mackinaw City, Michigan village limit. McGulpin
Point Lighthouse was deactivated in 1906. For decades the lighthouse was
a private residence and the property was not open to the public.
After the lighthouse property was offered for sale for
several years, Emmet County agreed to purchase the lighthouse for $720,000
in the summer of 2008. In the Spring of 2009 Emmet County replaced the
long missing light & lantern room and began returning the residence
portion of the lighthouse into a museum dedicated to the history of McGulpin's
Point Light and the surrounding McGulpin family land claim. On May
30, 2009 the McGulpin Point Light returned to shining across the Straits
of Mackinac for the first time since 1906.
The grounds are open anytime. Over time, the residence
has been developed into a nice museum, but I think the best reason for
entering the building is to climb the winding stairway to the top of the
McGulpin Point Lighthouse
Straits of Mackinac lighthouses
Pictured Rocks National
Mackinac Island in
Mighty Mac Home
Tahquamenon Falls & Whitefish Point
Straits of Mackinac Weekend
McGulpin Point Lighthouse in winter (prints
& greeting cards of this photo)
McGulpin Point Lighthouse lantern house
McGulpin Point Lighthouse in mid October
New Tidelands Signal 300-MLED optic. The original light had a 3 1/2
order Fresnel lens.
Mackinac Bridge and Mackinac Island as seen from the McGulpin Point
A tug and barge passing McGulpin Point
Take Central Avenue west 2 miles from downtown Mackinaw City. Turning
right on Headlands Drive.
McGulpin Point Lighthouse will be on the right hand side.
Lighthouses of the
Straits of Mackinac Mighty
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