Upper Peninsula Journals

Amazing Lighthouses and History

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An August 2013 trip to Upper Peninsula by MilwVon

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum Photo, Paradise, Michigan More Photos
Quote: Now that I've found lighthouses to be an interesting subject to photograph, I sought out a new location to explore. Surrounded by Lake Superior to the north and Lake Michigan to the south, Michigan's Upper Peninsula provides an outstanding opportunity to learn more about a by-gone time in American history.

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

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Attraction | "Interesting Nautical Museum & Lighthouse"

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum Photo, Paradise, Michigan
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The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is located on the tip of Whitefish Point which juts out into the treacherous waters of Lake Superior on the northern coastline of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. For visitors to the "U P" this is a must see for anyone interested in maritime history and the importance of shipping throughout the North American Great Lakes. Of particular interest, is the current special exhibit on the Edmund Fitzgerald, the doomed freighter that sunk approximately 17 miles off the Michigan coast at Whitefish Point in the cold Canadian waters in November 1975.When I first arrived, I noted that many of the visitors were just there to check out the shoreline, the bird viewing oppor...Read More

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Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
18335 N. Whitefish Point Road
Paradise, Michigan 49768
888-492-3747

Marquette Maritime Museum

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Attraction | "Museum AND Lighthouse!"

Marquette Maritime Museum Photo, Marquette, Michigan
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The Marquette Maritime Museum is located adjacent to the US Coast Guard Station of Marquette, along the shores of Lake Superior. This is a beautiful area of Michigan's Upper Peninsula (aka "the U P") and worthy of an extended visit. For me, it was just about a half day of a three day journey which would leave a lot for a return visit some day. I was very happy, however, that my afternoon in Marquette started here!The museum is in the old water works building and sits just outside the fenced in area that is the USCG Station. Inside there are several exhibit rooms including one that shows a continual loop video that tells the story of shipping in the local area to include several of ship...Read More

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Marquette Maritime Museum
300 Lakeshore Blvd.
Marquette 49855
(906) 226-2006

Point Iroquois Lighthouse

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Attraction | "Where Lake Superior Meets St. Mary's River"

Point Iroquois Lighthouse  Photo, Point Iroquois, Michigan
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This Lighthouse is located inside the Hiawatha National Forest on Michigan's Upper Peninsula (aka "the U P"). Today the local historical society supports tourism by manning the lighthouse and welcoming visitors from around the world. On Saturdays, guests are even offered yummy sweet bread baked by the lighthouse caretaker Gilly. While I had just had a full breakfast, I did the gracious thing and took a piece for later in my day. I have to say, it was delicious.The Point Iroquois Lighthouse sits at one of the busiest points in the North American Great Lakes shipping lanes; the point where Lake Superior flows into St. Mary's River. Before there was a shipping channel through this area, ...Read More

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Point Iroquois Lighthouse
6 Mile Road (w Lakeshore Drive)
Point Iroquois

Seul Choix Point Lighthouse & Museum

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Attraction | "The Haunted Lighthouse"

Seul Choix Point Lighthouse & Museum Photo, Gulliver, Michigan
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The Seul Choix Point Lighthouse is located on the southern coast of Michigan's Upper Peninsula along a small bay of Lake Michigan. Originally a landing place of refuge for French sailors, Seul Choix translates to "only choice" which was what they felt was the case when a group had to come ashore during a particularly bad storm over the Great Lakes.The lighthouse was first established in 1892 when this area was a thriving fishing community. The light has been automated and is still in use today. The tower stands just under 80 feet tall and provides a guiding beacon of light that can be seen for approximately 13 miles. Visitors are permitted to climb to the top, weather permitting....Read More

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Seul Choix Point Lighthouse & Museum
County Highway 431
Gulliver 49840
(906) 283-3183

My Lighthouse Passport Photo, Door County, Wisconsin
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Back in May I had the opportunity to tour the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse in San Simeon, California. It was a very educational and entertaining morning spent learning about lighthouses; their construction and functionality as well as how they have evolved over the past 150+ years thanks to innovation and technology. During that visit, I became aware of the US Lighthouse Society and their passport program.Designed to encourage public awareness and ultimately the preservation of lighthouses around the United States, the passport program is similar to the program the US National Parks Service implemented back in the 1980's. As an active participant in that program, it was practically an aut...Read More

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

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Commemorative Plaque Photo, Upper Peninsula, Michigan
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"The ship was the pride of the American sideComing back from some mill in Wisconsin.As the big freighters go, it was bigger than mostWith a crew and good captain well seasoned."Lyrics from the song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot (1976)The Edmund Fitzgerald was put into service in 1958 as an ore freighter working the North American Great Lakes. Owned by Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company of Milwaukee, she was named after their president and was the largest ship at the time she was launched. She had made many large hauls in record time across the Great Lakes.Her final trip out of Superior, Wisconsin started like any othe...Read More

History Abounds in the U P

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Pickle Barrel House Museum Photo, Grand Marais, Michigan
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One of the things I noticed throughout my three day visit to Michigan's Upper Peninsula ("The U P" as it's known), was that almost every town had some sort of museum or historical society exhibit. While several of these museums were on my travel itinerary and are included in this travel journal, many were surprises that just seemed to pop up out of nowhere. They created quite the distraction as I made my way west to east from Marquette to Sault St. Marie.I really did not have the time to spend stopping everywhere that caught my eye. That said, I did make a point to get out and stretch my legs in waterfront town of Grand Marais. My original plan was to photograph their lighthouse and sp...Read More