We visited this lighthouse on a dusky fall day and I fell in love with the light as it filtered through the trees. The light was first lit with a 4th Order Fresnel lens on May 1 1897. The 12’ square 52’ tall white painted brick tower is integrated into the red brick dwelling between 2 duplicate private apartments for the keeper and assistant.
The light was discovered to be in the wrong place in 1913. It should have been built 20 miles northeast on Nine Mile Point. Since it was to expensive to move, in July 1914, the light was upgraded to increase its range to 16 miles to compensate the distance. The station was automated in 1969. The light is now divided into a museum on one side and a caretakers quarters.
Check out the website: www.40milepointlighthouse.org for more information. For cards and prints go to www.michiganlighthouseart.com
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Michigan Artist, Anita Saviko, Her goal is to research the histories and paint all Michigan lighthouses/range lights past and present, a total of spprox. 150 lights.