Last year we had to run and pick up a part in Escanaba, Michigan, Since we were headed there already, we decided to spend a few hours checking out The Sand Point Lighthouse in Escanaba, Michigan, and the surrounding area.
The Sand Point Lighthouse is located in Ludington Park in Escanaba, Michigan on Lake Michigan’s northern shore. As a fun fact, there is another lighthouse in lower Michigan also named Sand Point that one is located in Baraga, Michigan.
Where is Sand Point Lighthouse Located?
2-20 Water Plant Rd, Escanaba, MI 49829 located on Lake Michigan’s northern shore.
|Location:||Sandpoint Escanaba, Michigan|
|Cost:||Outside viewing FREE – Tours of the lighthouse in summer hours $5.00 a family|
|Notes:||Explored the outside of the lighthouse & Lake Michigan shoreline|
|Address:||Water Plant Rd, Escanaba, MI 49829|
|State:||Michigan’s Upper Peninsula|
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History Behind Sand Point Lighthouse
The lighthouse was built in 1867 to warn ships of the sand reef in Little Bay De Noc.
Sand Point Lighthouse Escanaba Michigan served mariners continuously from 1868 until 1939.
In 1990, the Delta County Historical Society opened the restored Sand Point lighthouse to the public. Tours are available during the summer hours for a fee of $5.00 per family.
You may have noticed a pattern with me. I never seem to pass up the chance to photograph lighthouses, old structures, tins, cans and advertising, rusty goodness, and things that give me interesting stories from the years that have passed us by. Escanaba is full of all of those things. Things that make me excited!
Joseph Medill Fireboat
According to Fire Strikes, the Chicago Stock Yards, the Joseph Medill – (pictured above), and Graeme Stewart were built in the same yard in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, at the same time, and were “twins”
The fireboat Joseph Medill, also known as Engine 37, and once served the Chicago River at the foot of the Orleans Street Bridge.
I personally found the fireboat an interesting find nestled along the shoreline for us to admire because of the vast history associated with the fireboats.
For a trip that was supposed to be a run for parts, we certainly had an excellent time exploring the area. If you enjoy exploring too, feel free to check out my suggested posts below. We mainly spend our time exploring Midwest locations in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana. Although, I do have a few posts from a trip to South Dakota as well as a few Southern locations.