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Name: Bois Blanc Island Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Cheboygan, Michigan, United States

Location: Straits of Mackinac, Lake Huron.

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Photo: Stan Severi

Managing Organization:
Private owner

This lighthouse was replaced by a modern light on a skeleton tower nearby. The lighthouse is being beautifully restored by the present owners.

Tower Height: 38

Height of Focal Plane: 53

Description of Tower: Square brick tower attached to keeper's dwelling.

This light is not operational

Other Buildings?
1867 1.5 story brick keeper's house, oil house, outhouse, boat house.

Earlier Towers?
1829: 30-foot tower; 1839: 30-foot tower

Date Established: 1829

Date Present Tower Built: 1867

Date Deactivated: 1924

Current Use: Private residence.

Open To Public? no

Bois Blanc (pronounced "Bob-lo") Island is accessible by ferry from Cheboygan, but the light station is privately owned and is not open to the public. It can be seen from tours offered by Mackinac Seaplane Tours -- see or call 906-632-9746.

Keepers: Eber Ward (1829-1843), William Church (1843-1845), Lyman Granger (1845-1854), Mrs. Charles O'Malley (1854-1855), Henry Grainger (1855-1857, Mary Grainger filled in for him for a few months), Peter Therien (1857-1859), Charles Syons (1859-1861), Charles Louisignau (1861-1866), Charles Hamel (1866-1867), John Wackter (1867-1870), Vetal Bourisau (1870-1874), Levi Chapman (1874-1881), William Marshall (1881 - acting keeper for two months), Lorenzo Holden (1881-1894), Henry Metivier (1896-1924)


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