Five Great Lakes lighthouses currently on the auction block have decades of Michigan’s maritime history embedded in their sturdy walls.
As remote outposts with rotating crews, they’ve also had their share of harrowing incidents and funny stories.
There’s the hulking Spanish-American War veteran who became a longtime lighthouse keeper. He loved to dress up like folk hero Paul Bunyan for his town’s homecoming parades.
And the time an early freeze iced-over one lighthouse, trapping its crew inside for three days.
Of the six U.S. lighthouses currently listed for online auction with the U.S. General Services Administration, five are ringing Michigan and sitting in three different Great Lakes.
They are the Poe Reef Lighthouse and the Fourteen Foot Shoal Light – both between the Cheboygan coastline and Bois Blanc Island in Lake Huron; the Minneapolis Shoal Light near Escanaba in Lake Michigan; the Detroit River Light in Lake Erie; and the Lansing Shoals Lighthouse near Beaver Island in Lake Michigan.
This group represents nearly the last chance for the public to purchase a Great Lakes offshore lighthouse from the government, lighthouse experts said.
Opening bids are set at $10,000 to $15,000. For more details on the properties and bidding process, go to the U.S. General Services Administration auction site. Click the real estate link along the left-hand side, then the lighthouse tab.
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