Grand Traverse

Grand Traverse (Cat's Head Point) Light

1852

LAKE MICHIGAN LIGHTS

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The original lens from this light is on display at the museum located within the lighthouse walls.

LOCATION: On the Grande Traverse (Cat's Head) Point, W side of entrance to Grand Traverse Bay, NE end of Lake Michigan

CURRENT TOWER LIT: 1858

CURRENT USE: Part of Leelanau State Park / Operates as a museum with a gift shop

AUTOMATED: no

DEACTIVATED: 1972 --- replaced by an automatic light on a skeletal steel frame near the edge of the water.

FOUNDATION MATERIALS: Dressed stone/timber

LIGHTHOUSE MATERIALS: Combination of brick, wood, and iron

TOWER SHAPE: Square frame structure with 9-sided cast iron lantern room on roof of keeper's dwelling.

COLOR(S)/MARKINGS/PATTERN: Originally was red with black trim / currently is white

ORIGINAL LENS: Fourth Order, Fresnel

NEAT CHARACTERISTICS: This light is a beautifully preserved structure with picturesque grounds that include the brick fog signal building, a small rectangular brick oil house, and stone planters. The planters were designed and built by the James McCormick, keeper of the light from 1922-1939.