“symbolizing the roots of the area”
Hundreds of years ago, Native Americans and French fur traders traveled in canoes across the rough waters of Lake Michigan. On one occasion, a group of French sailors were caught in a terrifying storm, which forced them to seek shelter. They landed on the rocky, shore of a harbor and found refuge in the bay while waiting out. The storm, Before leaving, they named the harbor Seul Choix, (pronounced Sis-Shwa) which translates to "Only Choice." In the early 1800's, fishing settlements quickly sprang up when the discovery of an abundance of Whitefish and Lake Trout were found in the surrounding waters. Soon logging companies and railways were built. In later years, a great stone quarry was built. As trade became more successful and required frequent use of the Great Lakes; additional Boats traveled the rough waves. The lakes were dangerous to travel especially since there was no light for a distance of 100 miles between the Straits of Mackinac and the Garden Peninsula. In August 1886, Congress appropriated $15,000 to build a light and fog signal on Seul Choix Point. An additional $3,500 had to be added before the project could begin. The light became operable in 1892, but parts of the tower had to be rebuilt because of inferior building materials. The Seul Choix Point Lighthouse has represented peacefulness and a place of refuge during the changing times. The Native Americans and fur traders sought safety in the harbor while fishermen and loggers depended on its resources for their livelihood. Sailors relied on the peace of mind brought by the light and fog signal. Today, the trashing and shipping industries need the light as a navigational aid. The lighthouse - still fully operational - symbolizes the roots of many area families. Through the renovation and preservation of the Point, the value of history will be shared with all those who visit the memorable Seul Choix Point.
We randomly decided to go here while driving through the U.P. It's down a dirt road, but it's totally worth it. They have a nice museum and gift shop and they let you climb to the top of the lighthouse!
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Seul Choix Light
- Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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