Friday, July 6, 2018

The Seul Choix Point Lighthouse

As we decided to take our trek across the Upper Peninsula, we ended up heading down to US-2 to follow along the coastline.  As I was driving along, I saw a sign that pointed towards a lighthouse.  Since I haven't seen too many of the lighthouses in the Upper Peninsula, I had to stop.
 The Seul Choix lighthouse is located about two hours west of St. Ignace along the coast of Lake Michigan.    It is in a relatively safe area in a particularly treacherous stretch of lake.  In fact, it means "only choice" in French and was used by traders as refuge at one time.
 A temporary light was established in 1892 and this light was built in 1895.  It was designed Orlando Poe.  Whom, as you may remember, designed many other lighthouses.  It is very similar in design to those other lighthouses.
 The tower is 77 feet tall and the light is a third order Fresnel lens.  It can been seen from 16 nautical miles out.
I think it is still an active aid to navigation but automated.  It can be visited in the summer months though.

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