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Belle Isle postcard face - click to enlarge

Belle Isle postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Belle Isle

State: MI
Year established: 1882
Latitude: 42 deg 20 min 27 sec N
Longitude: 82 deg 57 min 35 sec W
Height above sea level: 43 feet

Original construction:
43-foot red square brick tower attached to dwelling

1943: Lighthouse demolished and replaced by "Belle Isle Lifeboat Station", constructed from 1939 -1942

no longer in existence

The "Lifeboat Station" watch tower was taken down, and in the 1950s a light was put up to mark the building site. Information was provided in part by John Polacsek, Curator for Marine History at the Detroit Historical Society.

More information:
U.S. Treasury Department Lighthouse Board,List of Beacons, Buoys, and Day Marks of the United States on the Northern Lakes and Rivers, (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1898)