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Point Betsie

Frankfort is a small town in Michigan. If you were to ask people if they know where it is, many would say no, they never heard of it. But if you ask them about Point Betsie Lighthouse, many of those same people would know about it.

Point Betsie is one of the most photographed lighthouses in America and it is in Frankfort , Michigan. It is special to me because I lived there when I was a child and have heard my father's stories about it many times through the years.

On the southern end of the Manitou Passage, it sits on the shore of Lake Michigan, the largest lake of the group of lakes known as the Great Lakes that surround almost all the borders of Michigan.

The Point Betsie light was established in 1838. Twenty-two years later, the original 37 foot tower was replaced with a 100 foot tower. The original structure was seriously endangered due to erosion but was reinforced and preserved by the Lighthouse board in 1890. Its 10 sided lantern projects a lens focal plane 52 feet above the water level of the lake. It housed a Fourth Order Fresnel lens. Point Betsie was the last manned lighthouse on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. In the spring of 1983, it was finally automated by the Coast Guard.

This picture was taken either during the spring or fall since there are no leaves on the trees, the grass is brown, and there is no ice on the lake.

Point Betsie Restoration

Point Betsie is currently undergoing restoration to bring this beautiful lighthouse back to it's original layout. Even though a volunteer organization is busy fixing it, you may still tour through it for a small fee. (Adults $2, children $1) The money is used for restoration since at this time there is no government funding. More information is available at pointbetsie

  • Last visit to Frankfort: Oct 2005
  • Intro Updated Oct 3, 2005
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