Little Traverse (Harbor Point) Light

1884

LAKE MICHIGAN LIGHTS

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A rare example of a fog signal bell in its pyramidal wood-framed belfry has survived and stands in front of the light.

LOCATION: South tip of Harbor Point, N side of Little Traverse Bay, NE end of Lake Michigan

CURRENT TOWER LIT: 1884

CURRENT USE: The Little Traverse Light is now private property with gates & guards denying access

AUTOMATED: Yes

DEACTIVATED: 1963 --- replaced by a 41ft. white skeleton tower near the shore which is still an active aid to navigation (Light List, 2000).

FOUNDATION MATERIALS: Cut Stone

LIGHTHOUSE MATERIALS: Red Brick

TOWER SHAPE: Square --- 34ft. tall

COLOR(S)/MARKINGS/PATTERN: Natural with black lantern

ORIGINAL LENS: Fourth Order, Fresnel 1884

NEAT CHARACTERISTICS: Elizabeth Whitney Williams, who also served as the keeper of Beaver Island Harbor Light after the death of her first husband, wrote her autobiography, Child of the Sea, during her tenure as keeper of this light from 1884-1913.