HISTORICAL STRUCTURE

The Tawas Point Lighthouse has earned the distinction of being a Michigan Historic Site, and a marker dedication is planned for this Saturday to celebrate the 142-year-old structure and its role in Michigan’s maritime history.

EAST TAWAS – The Tawas Point Lighthouse will officially be named as a Michigan Historic Site, and the public is encouraged to attend the dedication at 4 p.m. this Saturday, June 9.

The lighthouse is located in Tawas Point State Park, at 686 Tawas Beach Rd. in East Tawas, and the marker will be officially presented by a member of the Michigan Historical Commission.

According to organizers, the Friends of Tawas Point Lighthouse and State Park, Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) representatives and Tawas area community leaders will also participate.

Vicki Seltz Barnes, of the Friends group, shared that the organization applied to the Michigan History Center and dedicated funds for the historical marker in 2016. Friends members also collaborated with the center on the text for the marker.

The marker will tell the story of the 142-year-old lighthouse and its significance in Michigan maritime history, she continued.

“Vernors Ginger Ale floats will be a part of the celebration to commemorate the selection of Tawas Point Lighthouse in the first teaming of the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and Pure Michigan campaign to release limited-edition cans of the popular ginger ale that featured five of Michigan’s lighthouses,” Seltz Barnes also noted.

The cans were only available for a few months last year and, in addition to Tawas Point Lighthouse, featured photos of the Big Sable Point, Grand Haven, Crisp Point and Eagle Harbor lighthouses.

Friends of Tawas Point Lighthouse and State Park President Jane Chandler said there will be no cost to enjoy the ginger ale floats, as organizers will be providing the treats simply as a way to celebrate the lighthouse being featured on the product.

While the dedication is free to attend, visitors must have a valid Michigan DNR Recreation Passport for entry to the park. The passports, which are good for one year, cost $11 when purchased with one’s annual license plate renewal, and they provide access to more than 100 state parks and recreation areas.

Daily and non-resident passes are also offered, and more information is available by stopping in to any Secretary of State office or visiting www.michigan.gov/dnr.

“We are really working to elevate the public knowledge about our lighthouse and state park.  They are such jewels in and draws to our area – sometimes I think we take them for granted,” Seltz Barnes stated.