2016 RV Trip travel blog

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

Mackinac Bridge (The Big MAC)

McGulpin Point Lighthouse

Today has been a travel day driving into Mackinaw City, getting set up and then having time to explore this area some. We are right on the banks of Lake Huron and just down the road from the City.

Fort Michilimackinac was founded by the French in 1715 at the site of a Jesuit Mission. During the next 50 years the French and British struggled for control of the fur trade in the Great Lakes Region.

The Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse was a guiding beacon stretching its light for 16 miles from 1889 until 1952. It helped ships navigate through the treacherous waters of the Straits of Mackinac.

The McGulpin Light House: Congress appropriated funds for a lighthouse in 1854 but construction did not begin until 1868. McGulpin Point was one of five on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior that were almost mirror images. In a style referred to as Norman Gothic, the structure has buttressed corners and an octagonal tower. The McGulpin light was decommissioned and sold into private ownership in 1913. It remained in private hands until Emmet County purchased the property in 2008.

The Mackinac Bridge: Constructed in 3 segments. At each end is a post-supported truss bridge and in the center is a suspension bridge segment. This was the longest suspension bridge in the world for decades.

The road bed is 149' minimum above the water to allow for the passage of freighters and tall ships. The tops of the towers have 2 large red lights to keep airplanes safe. The cables drape over the towers and move independently. The towers only hold up the cables. The cables hold up the road bed. The entire bridge is 17,918 feet from pier 1 to pier 34. The suspension portion of the bridge is 8,614 ft (about 1.5 miles) long.

This is a very busy area with many tourists. One of the great interest is Mackinac Island which is accessible only by ferry. One cannot take a car onto the island. The famous Grand Hotel is located on Mackinac. We did not go to the island on this trip, but we did go there the last time we visited this area. It is truly a great experience.

We really enjoy the beauty of this area of Michigan and both Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. There is so much to do here and passing through cannot do it justice. Maybe another trip is in the future for this area for us.

Take care and have a great rest of your week. Tomorrow is another travel day for us as we head towards South-Central Michigan, which is about 4 hours from here, near Flint, MI.

Be safe from the storms that are being forecast.


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