August 29, 2011
Probably the most unique thing about Big Bay Point Lighthouse is that it’s a bed & breakfast! A friend of mine ran it for a while, and take it from me: there’s few better places to stay on the shore of Lake Superior!
As always, Terry Pepper’s Seeing the Light has great information & photos on the history of Big Bay Point Lighthouse:
The lighthouse was built as a two-story brick duplex dwelling, 52 feet by 52 feet with 18 rooms. The light tower rose from the center of the house 105 feet above Lake Superior. There were also two small brick outhouses, a brick oil storage building, and a 20 foot by 15 foot brick fog signal building. The first fog signal consisted of two steam operated ten-inch train whistles that protruded from the roof of the building.
…The duplex dwelling housed the Head Keeper and his family on one side, and the Assistant Keeper and family on the other. There was an office on the lower level of the tower; accessible only from the head keeper’s side of the building. Each dwelling had six rooms consisting of kitchen, parlor and dining room on the first floor, and three bedrooms on the second.
Read on for more including its peripheral role in the film Anatomy of a Murder.
Many (many) more Michigan lighthouses on Michigan in Pictures!