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Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 10 January 2017 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse was built in Mackinaw City, Michigan in 1892 to replace the 1869 McGulpin Point Lighthouse, which was located two miles farther west. A fog signal had been put in place 2 years earlier, in a building which was torn down around 1940 and was recently been reconstructed to house a new Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum.

When in operation, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse housed the families of the lighthouse keeper and assistant keeper in separate apartments. The families of the keepers assisted with tasks such as hauling oil to the lantern room at the top of the 50' tower. That oil lamp was replaced by an electric light in 1929.

A radio beacon was added to the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in 1937. It was installed in the the same building as the fog horn. In the 1930s, the original steam whistles were replaced with air horns which took much less work to maintain.

Each lighthouse in a region is unique, giving navigators more cues as to which navigational aid they are seeing or hearing. Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse was constructed from Indiana limestone, giving it an attractive castle like appearance. The light was a revolving, fourth order Fresnel lens which gave a red flash every ten seconds. The fog whistles also had their own pattern, with a 5 second blast, 17 seconds of silence, another 5 second blast, and 33 seconds of silence, repeated once a minute.

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse remained in operation until 1957, when the lights on the nearby Mackinac Bridge made the navigational aid no longer necessary. Today the lighthouse is part Mackinac State Historic Parks and is open for tours in from early May through early October.

Photo captured October 3, 2016.

NIKON D7000 1/30 second F/19.0 ISO 125 25 mm

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

The great thing about the old architecture, is an awesome thing that lighthouses trying to maintain.

10 Jan 2017 5:53am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Belle architecture . Cadrage et point de vue très agréable. )

10 Jan 2017 6:39am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Architecture très originale et sans doute une vue extraordinaire du haut de cette tour
Bonne journée

10 Jan 2017 6:51am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

I like the red roofs !

10 Jan 2017 9:44am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Gorgeous colours and love the Indiana limestone which makes this 'house' a real
beauty, I am glad you got the magnificent bridge in the distance, beautiful !~

10 Jan 2017 10:12am

franz from Baden, Austria

Almost like a castle or a manor house, albeit with a 'strange' tower ... ;-)
I like the vivid colours thanks to the gorgeous weather, and the fact that you included the majestic bridge.

10 Jan 2017 11:01am

Frances from Boston, United States

This superb building and lighthouse was well worth renovating. It is one of the best lighthouses, I have seen here in the U.S. Excellent image Steven.

10 Jan 2017 11:11am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

A first-class image. well composed with a great subject of protagonist. Nice light too.
Thanks for the explanation too.

10 Jan 2017 11:24am

Marité from France

Une très belle bâtisse ! Le point de vue doit être magnifique !
Bonne journée !

10 Jan 2017 12:09pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

It's a beauty, and so is your sunlit photo with this rich green meeting a perfect sky blue.

10 Jan 2017 1:15pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A very successful shot of the lightouse. The write up adds to the picture.

10 Jan 2017 4:03pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful composition .

10 Jan 2017 4:15pm

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle composition

10 Jan 2017 4:27pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Superb composition. Brilliant light!

10 Jan 2017 4:39pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I love how you composed this with the bridge in the background. The warm light is also lovely

10 Jan 2017 6:58pm

ceteceva from Angers, France

Jolie bâtisse en front de mer !

10 Jan 2017 6:59pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful old lighthouse. I like the sturdy construction of these structures that has served them so well for so long.

10 Jan 2017 7:03pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Excellent light and image.

10 Jan 2017 8:26pm

Aigleloup from Rebecq, Belgium

Une superbe luminosité

10 Jan 2017 9:37pm

Carol from Leamington, Canada

So glad it was renovated.... it's a sturdy looking building! That is a beautiful area that it's situated on and it's cool seeing the bridge in the background too. Very nice!!

10 Jan 2017 10:01pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is beautifully shot. A castle in great light.

10 Jan 2017 11:38pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

ah yes... a solid lighthouse nicely photographed with the bridge in the background

11 Jan 2017 3:23am

willy from Belgium

une belle architecture et des informations intéressantes

have a nice day Steven

11 Jan 2017 10:24am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

bien cette maison et ce toit

11 Jan 2017 3:09pm

Remus from Portugal

And this way, I learned a bit from your story.
Very beautiful composition.

11 Jan 2017 4:17pm

fereshteh. from Iran

Great composition .

11 Jan 2017 7:24pm