Mike and Carol McKinney
Photo Courtesy of:
US Lighthouse Society Archives
Collection / Donor:
NORTH SIDE LITTLE TRAVERSE BAY/LAKE MICHIGAN
City / Town:
OWNER & ACCESS
Open to Public:
Light List Data:
Year Tower Established:
Tower Construction Material:
Height of light above mean high water, in feet:
41 FT ABOVE WATER
Height, in feet, from base of structure to center of lantern:
Fog Signal Building?:
Year Fog Signal Building Constructed:
Fog Signal Bldg Construction Materials:
Year Keeper's Quarters:
Keeper's Quarters Style:
Keeper's Quarters Construction:
BRICK PAINT LOCKER, SUMMER KITCHEN ATTACHED TO LIGHTHOUSE BY COVERED PORTICO, WOODEN BOAT STORAGE BUILDING, MODERN AUTO GARAGE
FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
Original Optic Type:
FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
Year Original Lens Installed:
USCG Access to Optics:
- 1871: Funds were requested for the building of a lighthouse on Harbor Point on Little Traverse Bay. However, Congress did not approve the request simply because they had no funds to offer. Another point of contention was most of the land in Harbor Point belonged to the native people.
- 1875: A treaty originally signed in 1855 was “modified” to allow settlers to move into the area of Harbor Point. The need for the lighthouse was once again put before Congress. This time the funds were secured.
- 1884: Construction began on the site. A one and a half story dwelling with a 10 foot square 40 foot tall tower attached was completed in September. A Fourth Order Fresnel lens was installed.
- Elizabeth Whitney Williams, one of the first female keepers on the Great Lakes, had accepted a transfer from St. James Harbor Lighthouse, and lit the beacon on September 25, 1884 which could be seen 13 miles away.
- 1896: A square pyramidal bell tower was added to the station and stands in front of the tower. Other structures built at the site include a brick paint locker, a summer kitchen which is attached to the lighthouse by a covered portico, a wooden boat storage shed and a modern automobile garage.
- 1963: A new 41 foot skeletal tower was built and the brick lighthouse was decommissioned. The property was sold to the Harbor Point Association which is the community where the property is located. This is a gated community with no public access to the lighthouse. It can be seen from the water.
- The new skeletal tower is still an active aid to navigation.
Jul 20, 2017