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Big Sable postcard face - click to enlarge

Big Sable postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Big Sable

State: MI
Year established: 1867
Latitude: 44 deg 3 min 28 sec N
Longitude: 86 deg 30 min 52 sec W
Height above sea level: 106 feet

Original construction:
Conical tower of soft yellow brick

1900: current 107-foot white conical tower, brick encased in steel plates, with top and middle third black

electrified in 1949; automated in 1968; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
fixed white, visible for 15 nautical miles

More information:\\
U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service Cultural Resources with Candace Clifford as Project Manager. Inventory of Historic Light Stations, (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1994), p. 167
Roberts, Bruce and Jones, Ray, Great Lakes Lighthouses Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior, (Old Saybrook, CT: The Globe Pequot Press, 1994) p. 85
Berger, Todd R., Lighthouses of the Great Lakes, (Stillwater, MN: Voyageur Press, 2002), p. 130
U.S. Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard, Light List, Volume VII, Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River above the St. Regis River, (Washington, DC: GPO, 2004), p. 183