Huron County Michigan Lighthouses
Harbor Beach Lighthouse – Even by pioneering standards in 1872, the region near Sand Beach was rather distant. Except for a few shingle producers, it had no commerce or manufacturing. In 1873, the region became the scene of one of the Great Lakes’ most extensive port developments. The “Harbor of Refuge at Sand Beach” was the name given to this project. When it was finished, a community grew up around it, with a train station and a post office all supporting the harbor.
Pointe Aux Barques Lifesaving Station and Lighthouse – The Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse ranks among the oldest lighthouses in Michigan. Despite its age, the light is still active and maintained by the US Coast Guard. The structure is remote, located in Lighthouse County Park on Lake Huron near Port Hope, Michigan, in Huron County. “Pointe aux Barques” means ‘Point of Little Boats,’ a descriptor of the shallow shoals and reefs that lurk beneath these waves, presenting a hazard to boats as they round Michigan’s Thumb. This iconic lighthouse has the reputation of having paranormal activity.
Port Austin Reef Lighthouse – The Port Austin Reef Lighthouse was built in 1878 and its base pier was rebuilt in 1899. The lighthouse is still in use and is automated. The tower is made of yellow brick. It is a 60-foot-tall octagonal tower with an adjoining keeper residence. The focal plane is 76 feet in length. It was erected in 1899 and used a fourth-order Fresnel lens designed by Henry Lepaute of Paris.
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Related Reading for Huron County lighthouses
- The History of The Pointe Aux Barques Cottage Community in Michigan’s Thumb
- Lighthouses of Michigan’s Upper Thumb
- Port Austin Lighthouse In The Winter
- US Coast Guard for the Great Lakes
- The Pier Based Coast Guard Harbor Beach Station
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