For 70 years the lantern of the Sand Point Lighthouse guided ships in and out of the Escanaba Port, and for another 40 years it served as a residence for the Coast Guard. Today visitors can tour the lighthouse, which has been restored to its original appearance.
During the 19th century the railroad carried lumber and iron ore unearthed in the Upper Peninsula’s mines to the Lake Michigan port at Escanaba, from where it was shipped to destinations throughout the Great Lakes Region. The railroad was completed in 1864, and in 1868 the Sand Point Lighthouse opened to alert the ships traveling in and out of the busy port to a dangerous spit of land jutting out into the bay.
The first lighthouse keeper was a woman, Mary Terry, who kept the job until her mysterious death in a fire in 1886. In total, nine light keepers lived in the lighthouse until it was deactivated in 1939.
Today visitors can tour the restored rooms where the light keepers and their families once lived then climb up to the lantern to enjoy beautiful views of the bay.
The Sand Point Lighthouse is located in Ludington Park, near the Municipal Beach and the Delta County Historical Museum, and is open to visitors between Memorial Day and October 1st.
Sand Point Lighthouse
16 Beaumier Way
Escanaba, MI 49829