Crisp Point Light

1904

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In 1896 the Lighthouse Board recommended that a station be put at Crisp Point because many ships
had wrecked here on their way to Whitefish Point.
The remoteness of this light has protected it from vandalism, but also probably made
for lonely times for its isolated keepers.

LOCATION: 13 miles W of Whitefish Point at Crisp Point, SE end of Lake Superior

CURRENT TOWER LIT: 1904

CURRENT USE: No longer in use --- in 1997 it became the property of Luce County who is working in cooperation with the Crisp Point Historical Society to save this structure.

AUTOMATED: 1947

DEACTIVATED: 1989 --- the site is surrounded by private property, but the owner does allow access to Crisp Point Lighthouse with restriction of no RV's, no camping, and no fires.

FOUNDATION MATERIALS: Poured concrete

LIGHTHOUSE MATERIALS: Brick

TOWER SHAPE: Conical attached to entrance room --- 58ft. tall

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

ORIGINAL LENS: Fourth Order, Fresnel 1904 --- later replaced with a 300mm plastic lens

NEAT CHARACTERISTICS: This was once the site of a United States Lifesaving Station #10 which operated from 1876 to 1930.  But all buildings at the site except the lighthouse were removed by the Coast Guard in 1965.  Nature, too, began to take her toll, and the light was in danger of eroding away with the coastline.  In 1998 the Crisp Point Historical Society began efforts to save the structurally sound tower by putting in 1,000 tons of stone to shore up the coastline. 
You can contact them at:  Crisp Point Historical Society, P.O. Box 229, Paradise, MI  49767
(906) 492-3206 or visit their website at:
www.crisppointlighthouse.org
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