Photographs courtesy of: Gulliver Historical Society

Seul Choix Point

(pronounced Sis-Shwa)

Seul Choix Point, MI

Built :  1892

Type : Conical, Brick

Foundation: Ashlar Stone

Status : Active

Location : 6 miles East of Manistique, MI

Height : 78 feet

Access : Car, with parking near the Light

Directions : From US-2 turn South onto Port Inland Rd. Then take County Rd. 431 East to the Light.

Photo courtesy of: U.S. Coast Guard

History of the Light : This Light is similar to the South Manitou, Presque Isle and Au Sable Point Lights, all known as "Poe" style Lights. She looks over the Northern part of Lake Michigan, guiding ships around Seul Choix Point and the long under water shoal that extends from her banks. This area, at end of the 19th Century, was location for a thriving fishing community.

In 1886, Congress appropriated funds to build a lighthouse and fog signal on Seul Choix Point.

The light became operational in August 6, 1892 with a Third Order Fresnel lens.

The entire complex, consisting of the light tower, family / keepers quarters, steam fog signal and boiler house, stable, boathouse, two oil houses, brick out-house, paint shed, two docks and a tramway was completed in 1895.

Additional living quarters were added in 1925.

In 1972, regulation of this light was transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard and the lens was automated with an airport type beacon. The new light has a visibility range of 17 miles. The following year , full time care of the light station was discontinued.

Photographer: Roy B. Westin

Restoration: In 1977 the Michigan State Department of Natural Resources purchased the property from the U.S. Coast Guard. Ten years later the Gulliver Historical Society was established to preserve the lighthouse and all it's history. By the year 2001, the entire complex, including the boathouse, has been completely restored. It is now home to a nice gift shop and museum.

Museum and Tower Hours:    Memorial Day through mid October       10:00 a.m. - 6:.00 p.m. seven days a week

Off-season hours may vary - please be sure to call for verification of hours listed.

Gulliver Historical Society

R.R. 1,. Box 79

Gulliver, MI 49840

phone: 906-283-3183

Gulliver Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization

Donations are Tax deductable


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