Yesterday, when we were biking around Mackinaw City, we stopped at two lighthouses. Both are obsolete now. The first one was the Old Macinac Point Lighthouse. We toured through the building and took the trip up the 45 narrow circular staircase steps to look out the tower. This lighthouse was built in 1892 and operated until 1957 when the completion of the Mackinac Bridge made the lighthouse obsolete.
We biked to the outskirts of town to visit another lighthouse – the McGulpin’s Point Lighthouse. This one isn’t fully restored yet and we weren’t there when they are open for tours. It was constructed in 1869 in the “Norman Gothic” style. The lighthouse was considered obsolete in 1906 and transferred into private ownership. There was a nice write up about this lighthouse here: http://www.terrypepper.com/Lights/michigan/mcgulpin/mcgulpin_point.htm