Point Betsie Lighthouse
Frankfort, MI. Lake Michigan

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POINT BETSIE LIGHT

State: MICHIGAN
Location: NEAR CRYSTAL LAKE ON LAKE MICHIGAN
Nearest City: FRANKFORT
County: BENZIE
U.S.C.G. District: 9

Year Station Established: 1858

Existing Historic Tower:

  • Year Light First Lit: 1858
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1984
  • Foundation Materials: CONCRETE
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE WITH RED ROOF
  • Shape: CYLINDRICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 37
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1858
  • Present Optic:
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 52
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: FOURTH ORDER FRESNEL LENS REMOVED 1996; PLANS ARE FOR IT TO BE DISPLAYED AT SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NL
  • Has tower been moved? NO

Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? YES

  • Year Constructed:
  • Construction Materials: CORRUGATED STEEL
  • Architectural Style:
  • Fog Signal Type:

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES

  • Year Constructed: 1894
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: HIP ROOF
  • Construction Materials: BRICK

Other Structures: OIL HOUSE, 2 STORAGE BUILDINGS

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD

Open to the Public? NO

National Register Status: LISTED Reference #84001375
Name of Listing: POINT BETSIE LIGHT STATION (U.S. COAST GUARD/GREAT LAKES TR) On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 1969

Miscellaneous:

 
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Revised: 08/23/03.