“Pointe Aux Bec Scies” translated to Pointe of Sawbill Ducks was the original name given by French explorers. The point marked the southern entrance to the Manitou Passage. The 52’ tall light was activated in 1858 with an attached two story dwelling. It was fitted with a Fourth Order Fresnel Lens. The light has been barricaded with steel concrete bunkers and a large concrete collar to fight the constant erosion by Lake Michigan waves and winds. A life saving station , fog building and other upgrades were made over the years. The light was automated in 1983 and the lens removed.
The sight served as a private residence for Coast Guard families until 1996. The light and grounds is leased to the Friends of Pt. Betsie Lighthouse. Much restoration has been done by the group and the Fourth Order Lens has been restored to the light. The group now opens the light to the public and has a two room apartment that can be rented. For information go to www.pointbetsie.org For more history go to www.lighthousefriends.com For a print and cards go to my website: 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.