Little Sable Point Lighthouse, Mears

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The Little Sable Point Light is a lighthouse located south of Pentwater in the lower peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is in the southwest corner of Golden Township, just south of Silver Lake State Park.
The lighthouse was designed by Col. Orlando M. Poe and has been described as "A classic Poe tower." The design used 109 1-foot-diameter wood pilings driven into the sand, capped by 12 feet of stone as a stout base for the brick tower. The walls of the tower are thick at the base and at its zenith.
Following the loss of the Schooner Pride in 1866, public outcries for a light at this locale were finally heard and heeded. Congress approved funding in 1871, but construction was delayed until 1874 due to lack of roads to the site.
The station was originally named "Petite Pointe Au Sable Lighthouse", which is the name used on most official records; officially, however, the name was changed in 1910. Although commonly called "Little Sable Point Light", it is listed by the National Park Service as "Little Point Sable Light".
The lantern room has eight fixed panels in its lower section, and the upper has ten rotating panels.
In 1954, the Lighthouse keeper's dwelling was destroyed by the Coast Guard when electricity reached the site and the light was automated. "Evidence of the connection between the dwelling and tower are obvious to the visitor."
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  • This lighthouse is a just a few miles from the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. It is located at a small beach so there has been plenty of parking every time I've been there and some portapoties if needed. The...  more »
  • Although, I decided not to climb this beauty... my husband and I had a great time enjoying the view and taking pictures. We even spent a few horus walking along the beach.  more »
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  • Beautiful and peaceful location. I just wish the light house would have been unlocked. Will go back again when the weather is warmer.
  • It's a lighthouse that is actually the same height as the big sable lighthouse but you do get a beautiful 360 view which I did not get to see much of, due to my fear of heights but it is worth it to go there and learn a little about the history of the lighthouse as well as get some beautiful pictures.

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