Two Mid-Michigan natives have made it their mission to visit every lighthouse in Michigan. 2012 Springport High School grads Brandy Bowers, and her boyfriend Daniel Eglon have visited almost thirty of Michigan's lighthouses so far, and they are documenting their trips on social media.
Brandy now attends Grand Valley State University, and Daniel goes to Michigan State University. On a recent trip to Grand Haven they found a map of all of the lighthouses in Michigan, and decided to make visiting every one of the 129 lighthouses in Michigan a goal.
She wants to show her pride in being a Michigander, and raise awareness about the lighthouses in Michigan, and their importance to the state's history, and to the Great Lakes. Here is what she says about their efforts.
You can find out more about Brand and Daniel's lighthouse travels by clicking the link to the right of this article.
"My name is Brandy Bowers. I am a student at Grand Valley State University and am originally from Springport, MI. I have recently made it a goal of mine to see all 129 lighthouses in Michigan.
I got this idea when my boyfriend, Daniel Eglon, and I were walking around Grand Haven State Park a couple months ago and found a shelf of brochures at the park. We grabbed a couple different ones that looked interesting. When I got home, I looked through them and saw that one was a map of all the lighthouses in Michigan. For some reason this one really stuck out to me and I decided that it would be very cool to see them all, knowing that lighthouses were important to Michigan’s Great Lakes.
At that point I had already visited the two pier heads in Grand Haven, the lighthouse in South Haven, and the two lighthouses in Muskegon and thought they were all beautiful. I told my boyfriend about the idea and he was up for it as well, so I began to plan our first trip.
Over the Fourth of July weekend we traveled up the west coast of Michigan starting in Whitehall to see the White River Light Station, then hitting Little Sable Point in Silver Lake State Park, Pentwater North Pierhead at Charles Mears State Park, Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse at Stearns Park in Ludington, Big Sable Point at Ludington State Park, Manistee North Pierhead in Manistee, Frankfort North Breakwater in Frankfort, Point Betsie Lighthouse just south of Sleeping Bear Dunes, Manning Memorial Lighthouse at Village Park just west of Empire, and Old Mission Point Lighthouse at the tip of the Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City.
Our second trip was a short drive over to Holland to see the Big Red Lighthouse. Our third trip was this past weekend in the Mackinaw City area. During our time there we saw McGulpin Point Lighthouse just west of the Mackinaw Bridge, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse just east of the bridge, Cheboygan Point Lighthouse Ruins at Cheboygan State Park, Cheboygan Crib Light at Turner Park in Cheboygan, Cheboygan River Front Range Light also in Cheboygan, Frying Pan Island Light in Sault Ste. Marie, Point Iroquois Light Station in Brimley on the gorgeous Lake Superior, Wawatam Lighthouse in St. Ignace, and ended our trip with a Shepler’s Lighthouse Tour in Lake Huron, in which we got to see the Round Island Lighthouse, Round Island Passage Light, Bois Blanc Island Lighthouse, Poe Reef Light, Fourteen Foot Shoal Light Station, and travel up the Cheboygan River to once again see the Cheboygan Crib Light and Cheboygan River Front Range Light.
We have toured the inside of as many of the lighthouses as we could along the way to not only learn about our state’s history, but to also help support these lighthouses so the history will be preserved forever. There used to be around 250 lighthouses in Michigan at one point and we are down to 129. If we don’t show our support and help out the various organizations trying to keep Michigan’s maritime history alive, like Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association and Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, more of our lighthouses and history will disappear.
All together have seen 29 of the 129, so we obviously have a ways to go, but it’s a goal I fully intend to reach. Michigan is a gorgeous state with so much to offer and I think everyone should take advantage of that. Many people travel out of Michigan for vacations, but my family has never been like that. We always took vacations to cool places throughout Michigan and always had a blast. I guess that’s another reason that I like this idea. I take pride in the state I live in and think it’s kind of silly to travel all the way to other states looking for beautiful places when we live in a whole mitten full of beauty. "