Point Betsie Light

1858

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The French named this location Pointe aux Becs Scies which means "sawed beak point", but the light has always been called Point Betsie.
It is interesting to note that while the name is not disputed, its spelling is:
1858 Light List --- Betsy; 1893 Light List --- Betsey; and 1954 Light List --- Betsie.

LOCATION:  On Point Betsie (Pointe aux Becs Scies) 5 miles N of Frankfort near Crystal Lake, marking the turn to and from the Manitou Passage, E side of Lake Michigan

CURRENT TOWER LIT: 1858

CURRENT USE: Active aid to navigation

AUTOMATED: 1983 --- last manned light on the Great Lakes

FOUNDATION MATERIALS: Concrete --- steel breakwaters encased in cement were added from the base of the tower to the water to prevent the loss of the tower due to erosion

LIGHTHOUSE MATERIALS: Brick

TOWER SHAPE: Cylindrical attached --- 37ft. tall

COLOR(S)/MARKINGS/PATTERN: originally yellow and now is white with red roof

ORIGINAL LENS: Fourth Order, Fresnel 1858

NEAT CHARACTERISTICS: This light is one of the most easily recognizable and is widely photographed because of its picturesque location. Although this light is still in use, its Fresnel lens was removed in 1996 when the turning mechanism failed and is on display at the Sleeping Bear Dunes Maritime Museum.