Michigan’s Old Presque Isle Lighthouse is located in the extreme northeast part of Michigan’s lower peninsula, in Presque Isle County. Built and first lit in 1840, it was the first lighthouse to be constructed in the area. The lighthouse was built using brick and stone, but it proved to be no match for the harsh Michigan winters. After a considerable amount of deterioration and decay, the light went out in 1871. It had only been in service for thirty-one years. The light has not been reactivated.
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Michigan’s Old Presque Isle Lighthouse still stands, however. In fact, it is one of the oldest surviving lighthouses in the Great Lakes, despite the fact that it is non-functioning. The lighthouse is currently a hands-on museum, and the surrounding area serves as a park for visitors.
For many years, there have been rumors and stories that the lighthouse is haunted. Some sailors and visitors over the years have claimed to see a light, at the top of the house, even though there is none.
Michigan’s Old Presque Isle Lighthouse is open to the public in mid May through mid October. The lighthouse and surrounding park’s operating hours are 9 am to 6 pm. Those interested in lighthouses, Michigan or maritime history, or who just want to view the beauty of a historic structure will likely enjoy a visit.