The Detroit Free Press reports that three Michigan lighthouses may be up for sale. The U.S. Coast Guard has determined that the three are no longer essential to navigation:
The latest round of excess lighthouses includes 11 around the country, three of them in Michigan: The Frankfort North Breakwater Lighthouse, the Middle Island Lighthouse, across Thunder Bay from Alpena, and the South Haven South Pierhead Lighthouse.
Lighthouses can come in all shapes and sizes, but these three are all more traditional looking towers.
“I knew this day was coming,” said Josh Mills, Frankfort’s city superintendent. “Obviously, this structure means a lot to this community. It’s a signature structure in our community and we’ll do whatever is necessary to keep it.”
The Coast Guard presents them to communities, museums or nonprofit groups with a commitment to maintain them, but if no suitable local group is found, the lighthouse goes up for auction.
Terry Pepper’s Seeing the Light is simply the best web site for information about the Lighthouses of Michigan and he has detailed information on the Frankfort North Breakwater Lighthouse, Middle Island Lighthouse and the South Haven South Pierhead Lighthouse. Also check out the South Haven Lighthouse, Frankfort Lighthouse in the Absolute Michigan pool. And hey, if you have a camera and are in the neighborhood, get out and shoot some photos of the Middle Island Lighthouse!