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Crisp Point Lighthouse will shine again
4/22 - After twenty years of being dark, the Crisp Point Lighthouse that was first lit on May 5, 1904 will shine again starting May 4, 2013 to November 1, 2013. Starting in 2014 and each year thereafter, this grand lady will light the night along the remote beach on the southern shore of Lake Superior from May 1st to November 1.
Crisp Point Lighthouse is located in the northeast corner of Luce County in Michigan's Upper Peninsula along the south shore of Lake Superior about 15 miles west of Whitefish Point.
CPLHS received a permit from the United States Coast Guard to install a light in the tower and the project was ready to go. A fundraiser was announced at the CPLHS July 2012 conference to begin raising money to purchase a 300mm LED marine light and the response was overwhelming.
The Crisp Point Light Historical Society is a non-profit 501 C3 whose sole source of income which is used to continue the restoration and upkeep of the Crisp Point Lighthouse comes from donations, membership fees and Crisp Point related merchandise sales. No state or federal funds have been used since 2001.
The Crisp Point Light Station was deactivated in 1939 when the Coast Guard took over control of the lighthouse stations from the Lighthouse Service, but the light at Crisp Point stayed on until late 1993. Over the years, there were several updates to how the light was powered, with the last major update done in 1983 when solar panels were installed to help keep the battery bank charged. The modern light will be LED powered by a single battery and charged by solar.
The Crisp Point Lighthouse and grounds are owned by Luce County but are cared for by the Crisp Point Light Historical Society and itís 450 plus members and families. They have helped monetarily, they have been lighthouse keepers, and they have done work on the preservation effort, upkeep, and caring for the grounds, lighthouse and visitorís center.
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