Old Mission Lighthouse

Traverse City, Michigan - 1870 (1870**)

Photo of the Old Mission Lighthouse.

History of the Old Mission Lighthouse

The Old Mission Lighthouse was contributed by Dennis Kent. Dennis had this to say about the light:

Here in my "backyard" is a light that warns of a peninsula jutting into Grand Traverse Bay and splitting it into East and West Bays. It has been replaced by an automated light that now sits off shore. The light is now a private residence surrounded by State Park land. It sits on the 45th parallel, half way between the equator and the North pole.

Note: The lighthouse is now open for climbing.

Directions: From Traverse City, make a left onto Peninsula Drive (SR-37) and follow that all the way to the end. At the end, we found the Old Mission Lighthouse. Please pay attention to the areas that are private property, and do not cross them.

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Tower Information
Tower Height: 36.00'
Focal Plane: 47'
Active Aid to Navigation: Deactivated (1933)
*Latitude: 44.99100 N
*Longitude: -85.47900 W
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* Please note that all GPS coordinates are approximated and are meant to put you in the vicinity of the lighthouse, not for navigation purposes.

** This year denotes a station date. This is the year that a lighthouse was first reported in the vicinity or at that location.

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