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." For Little Sable Point Lighthouse and beyond, use our Mears day trip website to get the most from your Mears vacation.
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  • After photography around 50 Great Lakes Lighthouses, this one still surprised me. The lighthouse is right on the beach, not far from the water. It is on concrete and there are rocks surrounding it.....  more
    After photography around 50 Great Lakes Lighthouses, this one still surprised me. The lighthouse is right on the beach, not far from the water. It is on concrete and there are rocks surrounding it.....  more »
  • This is a beautiful lighthouse with a long and storied history; however, it was closed when we visited early in October. Fortunately, they can't close the beach. As an ardent swimmer who derives... 
    This is a beautiful lighthouse with a long and storied history; however, it was closed when we visited early in October. Fortunately, they can't close the beach. As an ardent swimmer who derives...  more »
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  • We love the area, and taking pictures of the lighthouse. Breathtaking views from the top. It's cool to see the little tags around the railing at the top, showing the distance to certain places. Little Sable is always worth the trip to the west side of the state
  • The shortest walk you'll have to any Michigan lighthouse. It's a gorgeous lighthouse with a lot of extra detail on the top railings. Very decorative.

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